expanding `&' in struct passwd.pw_gecos

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Tue Jan 4 23:17:59 GMT 2005

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Luke Mewburn wrote:

| As I mention in the bug report, the '&' expansion in the
| pw_gecos field has been a documented feature of BSD systems
| and SunOS/Solaris for many years, and before the rise of Linux
| SunOS/Solaris, and BSD derived UNIXes were some of the most
| popular UNIX systems, and are still popular.  It's not like
| this is just a feature added recently in NetBSD.

No.  That's not what I meant.  I was an admin for SunOS4
in the beginning and I hang out with some crufty old
unix folks a good bit.  I've never seen this feature in use.
But that's just me.

My only question (and not an objection) was whether anyone
else would use this feature in Samba.  As a general rule,
I object to new parameters by default.  Kind of like guilty
until proven innocent.

If 3 or four people like it, then that's good enough.

cheers, jerry
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