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RE: username should be lower-case for $USER
I forgot to add, I log into a windows domain and so I can't set the case.
Perhaps this issue only relates to windows domain logins. Maybe they are
case insensitive because when I log into the domain, I ALWAYS specify it in
lower case. I don't think I've ever seen it presented to me (in Windows) as
upper case. Yet in CYGWIN, $USER=DSMILEY. If domain logins are case
*in*sensitive (appears likely), then it would seem to me that it should be
normalized to lower-case for use in CYGWIN.
Dave Korn wrote:
> 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
>> I have the same login name, I can't let SSH automatically default to
>> 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
>> 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
> The Opengroup posix spec quite explicitly allows different cases:
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