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Why is OS X limited to an 8 character password?
Authored by: sjonke on May 18, '01 12:31:28PM

See the title. It seems bizarre/incredibly lame that we are limited to only 8 characters. Is there a hack that would make OS X use more than 8 characters?

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Why is OS X limited to an 8 character password?
Authored by: alf120 on Jun 04, '01 11:10:45AM

Ugh, I wish there were *no* passwords in OSX. I'm computer savvy enough to know when I'm sharing using FTP or allowing telnet access. I've despised passwords all my life, and will continue to do so until passwords become seemless (and, ironically, the only way for that to happen is to not have passwords).

OS 9 at least had no passwords as the default. Having the keychain use passwords is annoying enough. Having EVERYTHING use passwords (including installs) is annoying and inconvenient beyond belief! There's no way to write scripts without having to account for passwords. GRRRRRR.

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This is why, so I've heard.
Authored by: memoryhole on Jun 04, '01 03:48:22PM

In a word: AppleTalk. AppleTalk has always been restricted to having a password with a maximum of 8 characters. Apparently, Apple felt it necessary (to make things consistent, I guess) to restrict everything to 8 characters, in order to make AppleShare serving and client applications as simple as possible.

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