Problems with long usernames

Jeroen Coumans jeroencoumans at
Fri Apr 11 01:27:48 PDT 2003

Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
> 1) Status: new
> The bootscripts completely erase the contents of /var/run and then create 
> /var/run/utmp. They should create /var/run/utmpx also.

Why is utpmx necessary? I've never needed it AFAIK.

> 1) Status: unconfirmed
> I could not create a user with more than 8 characters in name with useradd. 
> But my LFS was built with deviations from the book, the most important being 
> PAM. LDAP users with long names can login normally. The problem disappeared 
> after recompilation of shadow. Does it exist in LFS built exactly by the 
> book?

I don't use useradd but creating usernames longer than 8 characters 
manually never gave me a problem.

Jeroen Coumans

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