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Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: HP-UX 11 limits password length to 8 characters


From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: HP-UX 11 limits password length to 8 characters
Date: 28 Jul 2003 21:21:46 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3

Derek Robert Price <address@hidden> writes:

> I'd like to import the getpass.c from GNULIB, but it seems to only be
> compiled when no getpass() function is found on the system at all,

Isn't that a function of configure.ac, not of getpass.c?

> Do you guys know what is the official GNU replacement for getpass()?

None as far as I know.  The glibc manual suggests that you roll your
own, if getpass doesn't suffice (and gives sample code).

> If the official replacement for getpass() is not satisfactory, would
> it make sense to write an autoconf test which tests for the number
> of characters getpass() accepts and does anybody have any idea how
> to go about faking getpass() out since it makes such an effort to
> retreive only /dev/tty?

You'd have to use something like 'expect'.  This sounds like overkill.

Personally I'd just use my own replacement code.

Also see:

http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-inetutils/2001-02/msg00023.html

where inetutils had a similar problem.  I don't think they fixed it
either.




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