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On 07-Sep-99 Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:
> In article <cistron.37D59FBC.15771FAE@netcraft.com.my>,
> ywlee <ywlee@netcraft.com.my> wrote:
>>hi,
>>does anyone know where to change in the kernel so that I can begin
>>my username with numerical symbols? and also allows more than 8
>>characters?
>
> The kernel doesn't know about usernames, only about user ids. This is
> a userspace (glibc) issue. I think libc5 did indeed limit you to
> 8 characters, but who uses libc5 nowadays ;)
>
> So if you use glibc, you can have long usernames. If they may or
> may not start with a number depends more on the tools on the rest
> of your system.

There is a whole bunch of apps that will dislike you if the name is
non-conventiional. ntalk for example dislikes dots, quota and other user utils
dislike long names, etc, etc, etc.

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