problem with "#" in username

Marcin Jessa lists at
Thu Jun 9 20:45:16 CEST 2005

I bet this is database specific.
Run radius in debug mode and see what is shown by the User-Name attribute.
Try to change sql query in postgresql.conf if radius accepts correct username.


On Thu, 9 Jun 2005 20:30:03 +0200 (CEST)
Christian Seitz <chris at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I want to replace our old radius server with freeradius and it seems that 
> freeradius has all the features we need - great work! We are using 
> freeradius 1.0.2-4 from debian unstable with a PostgreSQL database for 
> users and logging.
> My problem is that some of our usernames contain a "#", for example 
> "test#in at realm". Freeradius receives this username and logs it to 
> radius.log, but it logs "Auth: Login incorrect". When I turn on statement 
> logging in PostgreSQL, I can see, that freeradius sends a select query to 
> PostgreSQL with "test=23in at realm" as the username instead of 
> "test#in at realm".
> When I change the username to "test=23in at realm" in the database table, I 
> get "Auth: Login OK", although the client still sends "test#in at realm" as 
> the username and freeradius logs "test#in at realm" in radius.log.
> Is this a bug in freeradius?
> Chris
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