Bug#185091: marked as done (pan: Pam does not understand "&" in username field of /etc/passwd)

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Subject: pan: Pam does not understand "&" in username field of /etc/passwd
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Package: pan
Version: 0.11.2-1
Severity: normal

A "&" in the username field of /etc/passwd is supposed to expand to a
capitalised version of the username.  For example, on this box,
"finger james" produces this :-

Login: james          			Name: James Youngman
Directory: /home/james              	Shell: /bin/bash
On since Mon Mar 17 00:03 (GMT) on pts/0 from :0
No mail.
No Plan.

However, "grep james /etc/passwd" shows :-
james:x:101:100:& Youngman:/home/james:/bin/bash

When Pam starts, and the user has never used it before, it makes a
guess at their full name based on the contents of /etc/passwd.
However, it doesn't know about this notation, and so it guesses "&
Youngman", which is incorrect.

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Kernel Version: Linux dsl-217-155-175-18.zen.co.uk 2.4.18-k6 #1 Sun Apr 14 12:43:22 EST 2002 i586 AMD-K6tm w/ multimedia extensions AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux

Versions of the packages pan depends on:
ii  gdk-imlib1     1.9.14-2       Gdk-Imlib is an imaging library for use with
ii  libart2      The Gnome canvas widget - runtime files.
ii  libaudiofile0  0.2.3-4        The Audiofile Library
ii  libc6          2.3.1-14       GNU C Library: Shared libraries and Timezone
ii  libdb3         3.2.9-16       Berkeley v3 Database Libraries [runtime]
ii  libesd0        0.2.23-3       Enlightened Sound Daemon - Shared libraries
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2 0.17.0-2       The GdkPixBuf library.
ii  libglib1.2     1.2.10-4       The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome32      The Gnome libraries
ii  libgnomesuppor      The Gnome libraries (Support libraries)
ii  libgnomeui32      The Gnome libraries (User Interface)
ii  libgtk1.2      1.2.10-11      The GIMP Toolkit set of widgets for X
ii  libxml1        1.8.17-2       GNOME XML library
ii  xlibs          4.1.0-16       X Window System client libraries
ii  zlib1g         1.1.4-1        compression library - runtime
libesd-alsa0	Not installed or no info

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This bug should be fixed with glib 2.4 in unstable, I'm closing it. Feel
free to reopen it if the bug is still here.


Sebastien Bacher