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Re: Increasing the limitation of 8 char. for username

 
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Increasing the limitation of 8 char. for username

Hi all,

Can someone enlighten me on how to increase the limitation of 8 charecter on
username. The platform is hp ux 10.20 and a requirement has come to have a
username of more than 8 charecters.

Thanks,
Srini
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Re: Increasing the limitation of 8 char. for username

You can create usernames with more than 8 characters manually by vi'ing the
/etc/passwd file. However this IS NOT SUPPORTED because of interoperability in
heterogenous systems using NIS and NIS+.

As a result youcannot use SAM and you should be aware that :

Testing with 2 usernames: "morethan" & "morethan8c"
- both required the full username string to log in, for example, logging in
"morethan8" yielded an invalid login ID.

I repeat this is not supported and my advise is to avoid doing this.

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Re: Increasing the limitation of 8 char. for username

I agree. I had same problem. If you have username more then 8, in NIS it will
says unknown ID. big time problem. don't use it.

Sachin