Re: Yet another attempt to specify GECOS hga@xxxxxx 03 Sep 2019 19:54 UTC

> From: Lassi Kortela <>
> Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:30 AM

>> We might want to weaken "is the user's real name" to "is by
>> convention the user's real name", human system admins can put
>> *anything* in there.

> You're right. How about "display name" which is consistent with
> Windows API and aptly describes how reliably it can be parsed :p

John used "full-name" (plus some quibbling in the description), which
is weaker than "real name", less obscure than "display name", and for
those of us who've dealt with or studied the use of "real names" in
computer systems, might as well write in flaming letters across the
sky that these fields are not in the least trusted to be anyone's
real, display, or full name.

- Harold