Subject: Re: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/23/1996 13:52:21
[ On Wed, August 14, 1996 at 12:50:05 (+0200), Hubert Feyrer wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
> > I've actually done all of this, is it something that should be in the tree?
> Yes, PLEASE! :)

I wouldn't mind a change that made all those bits of code which use a
fixed-length user-id be controlled by one #define somewhere obvious, but
I would *strongly* suggest that the default remain as 8 characters.

There are many systems involving authentication and authorisation
outside of NetBSD where this very real limit exists.

I personally don't think there's much need for more than 8, but then
I've never really thought there needed to be more than 14 characters in
filenames either, and now I can't imagine life with such a restriction!  ;-)

							Greg A. Woods

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