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Short name - a problem or not?

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As of January I configured a new system from the ground up - reformatted etc.
iMac 2.93GHz i7 OSX Lion

Though I've had Macs for decades (literally) I chose to not use Migration Assistant - but reinstall everything by hand to reduce clutter.

It's all great - but recently while having some issues with 1Password I ran a troubleshooting report and it said
Your OS X user account has an invalid shortname.
That's NEWS to ME!

I used the Apple Setup assistant from the Lion Installer. The short name isn't something that the user even creates is it? If so - certainly the installer wouldn't allow an INVALID short name - would it?

FWIW - the only thing "invalid" about it is starting with a capital letter, instead of all lower case.

I'm stumped as to how this happened, and wonder if it's really any problem or not. Everything seems to be working fine.

I already know how to change the short name, so no advice needed there. Just wondering if I should mess with it or leave well enough alone?????
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I didn't think you could create it with a capital letter. I thought the short name was forced lower case.

If I were you I'd switch it to all lowercase.

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