cvs commit: src/usr.sbin/adduser adduser.8

Tom Rhodes trhodes at
Thu Jun 8 02:16:17 UTC 2006

On Wed, 7 Jun 2006 11:50:05 +0100 (BST)
Robert Watson <rwatson at> wrote:

> On Wed, 7 Jun 2006, Tom Rhodes wrote:
> > trhodes     2006-06-07 04:58:55 UTC
> >
> >  FreeBSD src repository
> >
> >  Modified files:
> >    usr.sbin/adduser     adduser.8
> >  Log:
> >  Add adding_user.8 to SEE ALSO, note that usernames may contain any character
> >  but not being with a hyphen, similar to adding_user.8.
> I suspect that the language in this man page suggests a bit more flexibility 
> in user naming than is actually the case.  For example, usernames cannot 
> contain the ':' character, by virtue of that being the delimiter of the user 
> file.  Likewise, they should not include a '/', as that prevents the user's 
> name from being used for the name of their home directory.  I suspect the 
> right approach is to come up with a list of characters that can be included in 
> usernames, rather than one that can't.

This was something I thought about before and after the commit,
but the right wording needs to appear in my brain first.  Let me
mull this over a bit and hopefully patch it up with something
much better.  FWIW, I don't really like the wording in this
manual page.

Tom Rhodes

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