[Adduser-devel] Bug#432562: --system allow uppercase in usernames without --force-badname

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at canonical.com
Fri Nov 25 21:24:03 UTC 2011

On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 11:30:11AM +0100, Marc Haber wrote:
> retitle #432562 --system should allow uppercase in usernames without --force-badname
> thanks

> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 02:49:20PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > We aren't making extensive use of this functionality; but at the same time,
> > I don't see any indication of bug reports resulting from this change.

> I think that not enough Ubuntu systems use a local MTA to make the
> caseful-local-part issue show itself significantly enough. This is one
> of the points where Debian's and Ubuntu's typical usage has major
> differences.

There are plenty of users deploying Ubuntu servers, including many mail
servers, and there just isn't any evidence that this behavior is a problem
for these users.

Which is why I asked the question in my email that I did:

  Is there further feedback you'd look for here before reconsidering the

> In other words: I think the change is valid for Ubuntu, and isn't for
> Debian.

I don't see any basis for this conclusion.  There's no reason why adduser
should behave differently between the two distributions.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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