Instructions for user name are misleading

Bug #761180 reported by Jiri Grönroos on 2011-04-14
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Translations
Undecided
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gnome-system-tools (Ubuntu)
Low
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-system-tools

Package: gnome-system-tools
Version: 2.32.0-0ubuntu7

1. Launch "Users and groups"
2. Click Add
3. A new window opens

This window contains following text:

Username must consist of:
  ➣ lower case letters from the English alphabet
  ➣ digits
  ➣ any of the characters ".", "-" and "_"

Current wording states user name must consist of those characters. However, as not all of those characters are needed, re-wording the sentence would be useful. I'd suggest "User name may be formed by using the following characters:" or something similiar.

Also the user name can not have comma in it (at least not in gnome-system-tools) but I'll report it as a separate bug.

Milan Bouchet-Valat (nalimilan) wrote :

Indeed the wording could be improved, but I don't think I'll make another upstream release of the gnome-system-tools now that they are deprecated. And since it's been that way in Ubuntu since Lucid, I'm not sure it's worth patching it for Natty (translations...). But I've opened a bug[1 ] against gnome-control-center, which replaces users-admin in GNOME 3 and uses the same string.

About the comma, I don't understand the problem: it's not listed as an allowed character, so it's expected that you can't use it.

I'm closing the Ubuntu translations task as that's not a translation bug at all. On the contrary, for example in French, the wording is better than in English and doesn't suffer from this ambiguity.

1: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=647851

Changed in gnome-system-tools (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in ubuntu-translations:
status: New → Invalid
summary: - Instructions for user name are wrong and wording is misleading
+ Instructions for user name are misleading
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