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From "Suresh Srinivas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4236) Regression: HDFS-4171 puts artificial limit on username length
Date Sun, 02 Dec 2012 21:57:58 GMT

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Suresh Srinivas commented on HDFS-4236:
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I marked this jira as a blocker for 2.0.3, to ensure it gets picked up for the release.
                
> Regression: HDFS-4171 puts artificial limit on username length
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-4236
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4236
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.3-alpha
>            Reporter: Allen Wittenauer
>              Labels: regression
>
> HDFS-4171 made the invalid assumption that there is a common limit on user names at the
UNIX level.  Almost all modern systems, when running under a 64-bit kernel, use a pointer
instead of a char array in the passwd struct.  This makes usernames essentially unlimited.
> Additionally, IIRC, the only places where HDFS and the OS interact where the username
is touched is during group lookup.
> This limit is artificial and should be removed.  There is a very high risk that we will
break users, especially service accounts used for automated processes.

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