Subject: Re: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
To: None <Chris_G_Demetriou@ux2.sp.cs.cmu.edu, CURRENT-USERS@NetBSD.ORG>
From: H. J|ngst, ISKP, Bonn <email@example.com>
Date: 08/16/1996 21:07:09
> > > Picking the default too high is a bad idea though; login names are
> > > stored in lots of files, e.g. the wtmp, and if you make them
> > > ridiculously long you'll waste a lot of space.
> > Especially if there are hacks fumbling with fixed length records.
> given the nature of some of the files involved, using fixed length
> records may be a hack, but it's a hack which allows the files to be
> used with some semblance of efficiency.
Just a semblance of efficiency, but I would guess that is more the
result of someones first program.
> > > If i recall, BSDI defaults to allowing 16 character login names. Is
> > > there any reason we need to, by default, allow more?
> > What's about 3 characters? Should be enough. Everybody knows "007", "cgd",
> > "you" and "me". 8-)
> I believe that falls into the 'ridiculous' category.
No, sarcasm, but still with a smile. :-)