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RE: username should be lower-case for $USER
- From: "Dave Korn" <dave dot korn at artimi dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 16:38:55 -0000
- Subject: RE: username should be lower-case for $USER
On 09 January 2007 16:25, David Smiley wrote:
> I am new to Cygwin. I noticed that the $USER environment variable has my
> username in upper-case. So it is "DSMILEY". On unix based hosts I log
> into, it is always lower-case. So if I try to SSH to another machine where
> I have the same login name, I can't let SSH automatically default to $USER
> because the case isn't right. *Even if* Windows user names are case
> sensitive and so there is a difference between DSMILEY and dsmiley (are
> they?, I don't know) I think $USER should be made to be all lower-case to be
> consistent with unix environments.
It would /not/ be consistent with unix environments. Just because *you*
haven't used one with capitals in usernames does *not* mean they do not exist.
The Opengroup posix spec quite explicitly allows different cases:
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