Usernames > 16 characters

Sander Vesik sander at
Wed Aug 13 14:37:28 PDT 2003

Matthew Dillon <dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> :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.)
> :
> :Regards
> :   Oliver
>    There must be some sort of limit on Solaris and Linux.  Does anyone
>    know what that limit is?  If we are going to change our limit we should
>    make it the same as one of the two.

I'm not sure if there is a limit or possibly it might be the same as max path
name length. 

>                                        -Matt
>                                        Matthew Dillon 
>                                        <dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>


+++ Out of cheese error +++

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