Subject: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
To: None <gnats-bugs@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 08/01/1996 03:25:27
>Number:         2668
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       login-names >8 chars make no fun
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    misc-bug-people (Misc Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Thu Aug  1 13:20:09 1996
>Originator:     Hubert Feyrer
	FH Regensburg, Germany
>Release:        vanilla 1.1 release
System: NetBSD smaug 1.1 NetBSD 1.1 (SMAUG) #4: Tue May 14 20:58:29 MET DST 1996 feyrer@smaug:/tmp_mnt/grizu/usr3/usr_src/sys/arch/sparc/compile/SMAUG sparc

	Login'names that are longer than 8 chars seem not to be supported
 	by NetBSD (V1.1). Problems are:
	- chown(8) won't work
	- ls(1) only chows first 8 chars
	- su(1) won't work

	- vipw and make a login with >8 chars, e.g. 'longlogin'
	- smaug# cd /tmp
          smaug# touch x
          smaug# chown longlogin x
          chown: longlogin: illegal user name
	- vipw and change longlogin to something shorter ('short')
	  chown short x
	  vipw and change back to 'longlogin'
	  smaug# ls -la x
          -rw-r--r--  1 longlogi  wheel  0 Aug  1 03:12 x
	- smaug# su - longlogin
	  su: unknown login longlogin

	sure, with much time. :-( (i.e.: none available from me :()