[CentOS] Best practices for the maximal length of user names

Lucian lucian at lastdot.org
Sat Nov 13 18:24:41 UTC 2010

On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM, Mathieu Baudier <mbaudier at argeo.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> are there any best practices for the length of user names?
> I tend to limit them to 8 characters and to follow the pattern 'first
> letter of the first name'+'first 7 letters of the last name' (e.g.
> mbaudier).
> But people are sometimes frustrated with having their last name
> truncated and I wonder if limiting the user name to 8 characters is
> not a kind of superstition coming from some old times...
> I would be very interested to hear opinions / experience about this.
> (I'm using CentOS 5.5)
> Thanks in advance!
> Mathieu
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Never had problems with username lengths. Haven't really made any
measurements but I had quite long names i.e.
username at some-long-mail-domain.com without any problems.

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