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Re: SEUL: Target user for SEUL

I have a certain emotional attachment to root. I still hate it when
say folder for directory. I don't want to cringe when I say root and
else says administrator. Root root root root root. -Jeff

Erik Walthinsen (Omega) wrote:
> Reply-to: omega@seul.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:
> Administrator:ABCDEFGHIJK:0:0:Adminisrtator:/root:/bin/bash
> 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 <omega@seul.org> - SEUL Project system architect
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