[ILUG] numeric user names
philip.quinlan at cs-consultants.com
Thu Oct 19 12:32:59 IST 2006
Pádraig Brady wrote:
> Does anyone know of existing systems that use numeric usernames?
Mobile phone companies all over the world that use Linux as a messaging
> There is a proposal to change `chown 1234 file` in coreutils
> to not look for a user name 1234 first, and just assume one means
> the user id 1234.
Could be hacked around setting the numeric uid to the user's no or
However most simply allow the user to set an alias today and this will
make life more difficult (in a minor way) for them.
> This would break systems where numeric usernames are used.
This seems like a Bad Idea ™
> In DCU at least I remember we had 8 digit usernames.
> Is that still the case?
Just my thoughts, Philip
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