Re: What shall we do with the GECOS field again?

From: Petr Baudis <>
Date: 2005-09-20 02:16:36
Dear diary, on Mon, Sep 19, 2005 at 06:06:21PM CEST, I got a letter
where Junio C Hamano <> told me that...
> Petr Baudis <> writes:
> >   Well, I have to say that from the GECOS fields I saw, none use that
> > format, but a lot of them used the realname,phone,something,phone,...
> > format.
> >   Opinions?
> If the real world GECOS were either only plain and
> name,room,blah,... format as you say and assume I think a
> heuristics like you suggested would be better than the
> current heuristics of assuming everything is a name, but I
> haven't seen what "angry mob" actually has so cannot judge.

It uses the name,room,blah,... format.

> What do popular MUAs do to come up with the real-name fields?
> Don't they face the same problem, trying to using GECOS?


  { "gecos_mask",       DT_RX,   R_NONE, UL &GecosMask, UL "^[^,]*" },

A regular expression used by mutt to parse the GECOS field of a password
entry when expanding the alias.  By default the regular expression is
set to "^[^,]*" which will return the string up to the first ","
encountered.  If the GECOS field contains a string like "lastname,
firstname" then you should set the gecos_mask=".*".

				Petr "Pasky" Baudis
If you want the holes in your knowledge showing up try teaching
someone.  -- Alan Cox
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