[TUHS] pre-UNIX legacy in UNIX?

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Wed Dec 20 06:14:53 AEST 2017


Grant Taylor via TUHS <tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org> wrote:

> So I guess at some point we transitioned from the GECOS user ID to the 
> comma delimited format that we use today.  I suppose it was after there 
> was no longer a need to store GECOS user IDs.

I think this happened at UCB, where they split it into comma-separated
fields indicating full name, office, phone number and something else
I don't remember at the moment. Probably for the finger command. I'm
pretty sure the BSD passwd(7) (or was it passwd(5)?) man page described
things in detail.

HTH,

Arnold


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