Bug 64795 - Bad: useradd does not add a user name that starts with a number.
Summary: Bad: useradd does not add a user name that starts with a number.
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: shadow-utils (Show other bugs)
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Version: 7.2
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Eido Inoue
QA Contact: David Lawrence
URL: useradd: invalid user name `255test'
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-05-10 23:55 UTC by Fred Wood
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:42 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-23 19:11:20 UTC
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Description Fred Wood 2002-05-10 23:55:02 UTC
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Description of problem:
When adding a user name that starts with a number i.e. 255test useradd will not 
add the user saying that it is an invalid user name.  I can add a user name 
that starts with a number through the start here user maintenance graphics mode.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Use the useradd command line as follows:
2./usr/sbin/useradd -d /home/255test -g users -s /bin/bash -m 255test
3.It works like this every time.

Actual Results:  No user was added.

Expected Results:  The user should have been added.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-11-21 20:06:40 UTC
We have same problem with Red Hat 7.3. Well, is good policy, but how can I
disable it?

Comment 2 Eido Inoue 2004-09-23 19:11:20 UTC
you can't disable it. this is by design. the first character must be
alphanumeric, although in the next release you may mix case.

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