Usernames > 16 characters

Oliver Fromme olli at
Wed Aug 13 10:33:38 PDT 2003

Matthew Dillon wrote:
> That said, it is obvious that 8 was too small and so it was bumped up
> to 16.  The question is would it be reasonable to bump it up to, say,
> 32?  I can't imagine making it larger then 32 but I can see some valid
> arguments to going from 16 to 32 and perhaps bumping up the hostname
> field in utmp.h at the same time.
While you're at it, I could also use a larger MNAMELEN.

It's pretty annoying that (Free)BSD has that 80 characters limit,
while Solaris and Linux don't.  It made me look pretty dumb when
I wasn't able to mount stuff from a filer in a heterogenous farm
of servers.  The names of the NFS mounts were just too long for
the BSD machines.  (I finally managed to work around it, but it
was annoying nonetheless.)

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