On 23/04/2008, at 3:42 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
Limiting characters was a good way to forbid words. Taking out vowels was
a common technique. Removing this capability does not do much for
"freedom of choice" for administrators.

Yes, that's my point.


However, from a V6R1 machine:

Message ID . . . . . . : CPF22C5
Date sent . . . . . . : 04/22/08 Time sent . . . . . . : 13:41:14


Message . . . . : Password contains one of the following: A.

Cause . . . . . : The password rule for restricted characters in
passwords
(system value QPWDLMTCHR) requires that they not contain any of the
following characters: A.
Recovery . . . : Specify a new password that does not contain any of
the
restricted characters.

The error message still exists because you may be running with QPWDRULES set to *PWDSYSVAL which means the old rules (and system values) are in effect.

Once you change to the new rules you lose one of the old ones. I think it should still be available as an option (*CHRLMTCHR or *LTRLMTCHR or something).

Normally, when a feature is removed the IBM documentation is pretty good at pointing that out. I can't find any such indication hence my question.

Regards,
Simon Coulter.
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