Subject: Re: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
To: Tom I Helbekkmo <tih@Hamartun.Priv.NO>
From: Michael L. VanLoon <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/22/1996 09:32:42
>[der Mouse]
>> How is 7 "the _practical_ limit"?  I work with a system that has a
>> lot of users with 8-character login names and we've had no trouble.

>I've run into problems with them from time to time.  It has to do with
>how the login name in certain cases is kept in an 8 byte array, and
>not necessarily null-terminated.  DECwindows/Ultrix, at least up to
>and including version 4.2, did not allow people with 8 character login
>names to log in on the console.  From the syslog messages, it was

Huh?!?!  I, "michaelv", logged in to bunches of old Ultrix consoles
without problems...

  Michael L. VanLoon                 
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