Username and password limits

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Mon Jan 24 16:12:07 PST 2005

Sean Murphy wrote:
> We would like to use first initial last name for usernames on FreeBSD.   
> I am use to Solaris which is normally eight and if you have a long 
> password on Solaris it doesn't care what you type after 6 characters.

Solaris pays attention to 8 characters.

> By default what is the max username and password limit in characters?

If you are using traditional DES encryption, 8 and 8.  If you use the fancy 
new MD5 hash, "_PASSWORD_LEN (currently 128 characters)".


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