[Pkg-shadow-devel] Allowing dots in usernames

Scott Garman scott.a.garman at intel.com
Mon Dec 5 17:29:02 UTC 2011

Hi all,

I'm a developer on the Yocto Project, an embedded Linux build system 
(yoctoproject.org). We currently use this upstream project as our shadow 
implementation, and we are maintaining some patches to allow for dots in 

I realize this issue has been discussed on the list in the past, e.g:


The other day I found a post to this ML (which I can't seem to find 
anymore) indicating that allowing dots in usernames was being considered.

I was just wondering what the status of this was. In Yocto we mark our 
patches with metadata indicating whether they are upstreamable or not. 
If shadow will not be officially supporting dots in usernames, that's 
fine, but I just want to make sure I know what the status of this is so 
I can mark our patches accordingly.


Scott Garman

Scott Garman
Embedded Linux Engineer - Yocto Project
Intel Open Source Technology Center

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