Subject: Re: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
To: Neil J. McRae <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@ux2.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 08/15/1996 15:49:44
> On Thu, 15 Aug 1996 00:37:36 -0700
> Don Lewis <Don.Lewis@tsc.tdk.com> wrote:
> > } I've actually done all of this, is it something that should be in the tree?
> > }
> > } My code gives usernames up to 36 chars long.
> > Won't this muck up utmp/wtmp, the rwho protocol, etc.
> Nope. I've done it right :)
Uh, what does that mean?
Either you change the binary format of utmp and wtmp, or you don't.
If you don't, you aren't recording all of the login name.
If you do, you break binary compatibility.
I could see either of those being defined as "mucking utmp/wtmp up,"
and you have to do one... 8-)