Stupid Ubuntu 8.10

Derek Broughton news at
Tue Nov 11 14:39:54 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:

> Further, I also see that the reason for changing from dot to colon is
> to avoid issues with the dot in user/group names; seems reasonable to
> me as the OP could have had a user/group name of
> 'vafa.vafa/vafa.mycomputer' and I wonder if the dot command would have
> worked in that case. Example:
> sudo chown -R vafa.vafa.vafa.mycomputer /MyDirectory

My reading of the page you cited was that that definitely wouldn't work.
> But I just tested and answered my own question as vafa.vafa (or
> test.test in my case) doesn't work on Ubuntu when adding a new user;

I'd wondered.  I've never encountered a username with a dot in it - I guess, that's also POSIX, but what crazy standards committee permitted _that_?

Anyway, in future I _will_ try to use colons, but the man page is still, if not wrong, deficient.

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