[Mageia-discuss] Feature request: uppercase letters in user names

Donald Stewart watersnowrock at gmail.com
Wed Dec 14 13:12:51 CET 2011

On 14 December 2011 12:03, Simon Parsons <nzg at jrc.co.uk> wrote:
> On 14/12/2011 11:00, Renaud (Ron) Olgiati wrote:
>> The local-part of the email address may use any of these ASCII characters
>> RFC
>> 5322 Section 3.2.3:
>> <snip>
>> Ron.
> I suppose this has been thought about many times, but let's have another go:
> Unix name: simonnzg
> Real Name: Simon Parsons
> e-mail name: well, lots of them, actually.
> User names do not have to be equal to e-mail names. That's what /etc/aliases
> is for, amongst other things.
> It's a bad idea to have a fixed distinction between upper and lower case
> user names - people, word processors and mobile text input systems tend to
> capitalise names so most pragmatic e-mail systems assume "a=A", for
> instance.
> There is no reason why it should not be possible to alias user names so that
> they log on with whatever they want, but their "real" Unix user name is all
> lower case.  This happens with Samba now and the standard Mageia "click on
> your name to login" login screen uses the user's name rather than the Unix
> user name.
> In this case, it MAY be possible to add an option for a "click on your
> capitalised user name to login", but I don't know if that's worthwhile.  If
> a user wants to be known as SimonNZG instead of simonnzg (in my case), then
> that is usually usually because it's a team login and not an individual one,
> so the user's Real Name can be set to SimonNZG and the problem is solved.
> Additionally, you could simply make the name entered into the login box case
> agnostic, but that would no-doubt break all sorts of stuff if it wasn't
> mapped to a real Unix user name. It's perfectly doable, though.
> Simon

I have no idea how they do, or if it is relevent, but PCBSD allow
capitals in usernames.

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