Group name limitations
As documented in Group metadata
location, group-specific metadata is stored in
The possible values that are assigned to
limited by the various components that make up the group support in
- Since the
<devgroup>value must be defined in z/OS® UNIX as a directory, you cannot use a forward slash (/) as part of your group-name.
- The z/OS Explorer client also creates a directory with the group name. Microsoft Windows does not allow the usage of the following characters in a directory name; backslash (\), forward slash (/), colon (:), asterisk (*), question mark (?), double quotation mark ("), smaller than (<), larger than (>), and vertical bar (|).
- The method that is chosen to validate group membership also imposes restrictions on valid characters. For example, RACF® does not allow the usage of characters with a special meaning to RACF; asterisk (*), percent (%), ampersand (&), blank ( ), comma (,), left round parenthesis ((), right round parenthesis ()), and semicolon (;).
In the current implementation, z/OS Explorer also places some limitations on valid values:
- Even though lowercase characters are allowed in the
<devgroup>directory name, z/OS Explorer converts everything to uppercase before validating the group membership.
- The only non-alphanumerical characters that are supported by z/OS Explorer for
<devgroup>name are the underscore (_), dash (-), and period (.). All other non-alphanumerical characters are not supported.