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Re: SEUL: Target user for SEUL
Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org <!!>
On Thu, 22 Jan 1998, George Bonser wrote:
> Sure is. All I was saying is that to have an additional name for it that
> the user already understands might (or might not) be helpful.
Yup. I was talking with a friend just now about this, and we figured that
it'd be simplest to just add another line at the top of /etc/passwd:
That keeps the 'root' name (the second line), and all lookups would now
return 'Administrator'. There are a couple problems with this, though:
1) usernames aren't case-sensitive, so would a getpwent() return the
string verbatim or lowercased?
2) most programs assume 8 char usernames. I know this is mostly a false
restriction, as I have a modified binary of /bin/ls that will print up to
16 chars for the group name. Username shouldn't be any different.
Of course, /bin/ls isn't an issue, but we have to be careful with all the
other programs we use...
Erik Walthinsen <email@example.com> - SEUL Project system architect
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