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Re: max username length
I have to vote with Diane E at this point. Start a branch for
3.0 and shove the changes into there. Yeah, it'll be unstable.
Well, I can pull down the FreeBSD 4.x, older 3.x stuff that's
getting less supported, and 5.x which may or may not compile
depending on the day.
It's the model they've used for a while for major changes like
Multiprocessor support, elf migration, etc.
Lets people who need stable keep going;
lets people who want cutting edge continue.
In passing, I'd suggest 64 bits/username - Asian char sets can
suck bytes up quickly. No reason to scrimp.
It also means that changes to apps that break need to allocate
per an #define'd constant, rather than an integer; a longer
My $0.02 (US - $0.03 canadian)
Quoting Theo de Raadt (email@example.com):
> And break lots of other things. Thus, we've not yet done anything
> about this.
> How about I ask the user community a tough question. There are bunch
> of things that we'd love to fix, one day, for improving obscure or not
> really important POSIX or other standard interfaces which we are not
> 100% compat with..
> Fixing them all one by one would cause little bits of pain.. probably
> piss you all off. Or, fixing them all at the same time would probably
> be a flag day affair: ie. a difficult and nearly mandatory upgrade
> I don't feel like writing a list of hte things we'd change, but I'd just
> like to know how people would feel about something like that.
> > hey all...
> > Just a simple question!
> > Is this the file that I modify to change my user-
> > names past the 8 max character?
> > /usr/include/utmp.h
> > #define UT_NAMESIZE 8
> > char ut_name[UT_NAMESIZE];
> > Thanx.
> > Dave