[arch-general] User/group name restrictions

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Fri May 24 18:13:21 UTC 2019

On 5/23/19 7:08 PM, Eli Schwartz wrote:
> Given that your initial post does specifically state that you are
> patching the package in order to allow it, I will assume that nothing I
> just said about upstream's intentions is remotely surprising to you --
> you would have to know that it's enforced in libmisc/chkname.c in order
> to patch it, soooo... may I ask why you posted to the list asking why it
> is not allowed "in Arch Linux", rather than "in the upstream,
> distribution-agnostic shadow-maint software"?
> It seems almost disingenuous to put it that way, and you are the person
> who would know better than most arch-general readers that it's not
> actually something Arch Linux is doing. Why be misleading? It will only
> result in people having no idea what you are talking about, assuming
> your public statements about this being some form of Arch Linux
> configuration are accurate, and giving you uninformed answers as a
> result. This is hardly conducive to your desired goal to find out why.

Just wanted to clarify -- I did not think you were being deliberately
misleading here. It just seemed like an oversight, possibly assuming
other readers also know exactly how the shadow package is constructed,
and I wish to highlight the importance of making sure that questions are
asked with enough background to allow others to grok what is actually
going on.

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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