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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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