SUMMARY: UserID and Password Question.

From: Steve Moccio (
Date: Thu Dec 21 2000 - 08:32:08 CST

Hello all,

Original post at end:

Sorry to all those who responded who said it couldn't be done.

BIG THANKS to BRIAN SCANLAN who came up with the winning work around:

Work around: specify the account name when running passwd, even when you're
running it as the user who's password you're changing!


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Moccio []
Sent: 21 December 2000 13:24
Subject: UserID and Password Question.

Hello all,

We are using Solaris 2.5.1 on a Sun Enterprise 3000. All new accounts are
created using a script that creates a username and a password entry in the
passwd file. My question is - Does Sun still require the username to be 8
characters or less? I didn't think that was the case anymore. At any rate I
created and account with a username say account101 and generated a password
for it. I logged in with that account name without any problems. When I went
to change the password with the passwd I get the following error:

Passwd: Changing password for account10
Passwd: account10 does not exist.

Any ideas how to get around this?


Steve Moccio

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