Problems with long usernames

Donald Smith dss-lfs at
Sat Apr 12 09:15:47 PDT 2003

Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
> On Saturday 12 April 2003 11:17, Donald Smith wrote:
>>>Another question. RedHat's 'top' command prints numeric IDs for usernames
>>>longer than 8 characters instead of truncating them as our 'top' does. Is
>>>that achieved with some package's configuration option or a patch?
>>Just wondering by why on earth do you need such long user names? I'd not
>>be happy typing in so much just to long on. The way I type, it would
>>take me half an hour! ;-)
> In the classroom, there are twins (and worse, just different people 
> with the same surname and not knowing each other) in the study groups. So we 
> can't just use surname as login. We use logins of the form 
> "Surname.Firstname". This is convenient enough both for students and 
> administrators (they have less chances to change by mistake the password 
> forgotten by wrong person). And of course it is shorter than 
> ".patrakov.f5mag.physics.usu" (NetWare)!

Oh, I thought you were complaining about them being truncated at 32 

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