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I just did an upgrade (from 10.10 -> 11.04 -> 11.10) and am trying to get everything figured out.

I notice that when I log in, my name is [Invalid UTF-8]. Where is this coming from, and how can I fix it?

Update: I tried creating a new user under 11.10, but logging in as that user showed the same problem, so it's probably not related to the upgrade.

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closed as off topic by Marco Ceppi Jan 13 '12 at 12:56

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What to do with questions that describe known bugs? this has been reported on Launchpad and as such is now closed. – Marco Ceppi Jan 13 '12 at 12:56

try to update the UID_MIN in /etc/login.defs

UID_MIN                  500

See also here:

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I don't want to have to re-create my user. – chris Oct 22 '11 at 2:12

try to update the UID_MIN in /etc/login.defs

UID_MIN                  500

I tried the login.defs-workaround, but it does not work for me. And my user account already was UID 1000!

Perhaps this could be interesting. I updated two systems from Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10: at the day of release I updated a 64-bit installation and one week later a 32-bit installation with a very similar configuration and very similar set of installed packages. Only the 64-bit installation does show this "[Invalid UTF-8]" bug. Both users (on both systems) has UID 1000!

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I'm running 32 bit. – chris Oct 30 '11 at 15:08

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