Subject: chown/chgrp problem: is "." a separator or part of a name ?
To: None <>
From: Darren Reed <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 05/06/2000 08:37:17
Whilst looking through the PR's currently open, I came across one where
a person was attempting to chown a file to a user where the username was
made up of a ".".  Easy to deal with ?  Maybe.

Consider that a username might be "", "foo", "bar" and a group
name to match each of those.

If I do "chown /tmp/foryou" what should happen ?

Is the best option, in this case, to simply bail out becase the user
is not being clear about what they want to do ?