SUMMARY: sun email/account names too long

From: David Stern (
Date: Fri Oct 27 2000 - 14:30:05 CDT

Original query:
> We are replacing an old mailserver with a shiny new Sun. Unfortunately,
> the users all previously had email addresses of first-initial-last-name
> regardless of the length so user Jerry Weisenheimer had an account
> jweisenheimer. While Solaris (2.7) complains about usernames longer
> than eight characters, it dutifully sets it up. Ironically, mail functions
> normally with the longer names. The problem is if users try to change their
> own password, the OS only reads the first eight then can't find the shortened
> name in the passwd/shadow files.
> One option would be to make many aliases (one per user) mapping the shorter
> to longer names and re-educate the users that their new email address (at
> least for logging in and using POP/IMAP) is the truncated name.
> How have others dealt with this?

Thanks to:

Al Lilianstrom
Stephen D. B. Wolthusen
Thomas Wardman
Keith A. Clay
Mike van der Velden
  and others

A number are using LDAP. I have a restricted shell set up. Once I realized
that it COULD be done, it was just a matter of tweaking the shell (smrsh)
to pass it $LOGNAME.


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 David Stern TSI TelSys
 Manager, Information Systems 410-872-3906

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