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If current logged user operates as "System Account", SPContext.Current.Web.CurrentUser.LoginName will return "sharepoint\system", so I want to know the exact loginname of the user. Here is what I tried:

SPUser user = SPContext.Current.Web.CurrentUser;
if (user.LoginName.ToLower().Equals(@"sharepoint\system"))
    string loginName = HttpContext.Current.User.Identity.Name;
    // do something...

It works fine at the begining, but I met a problem when I test it in "Claims-Based Authentication" webapplication, I found:

SPContext.Current.Web.CurrentUser.LoginName =  sharepoint\system (The real loginname is i:0#.w|domain\user); 
HttpContext.Current.User.Identity.Name = 0#.w|domain\user;  

So, Why does HttpContext.Current.User.Identity.Name return "0#.w|domain\user" instead of "i:0#.w|domain\user"? How to get current user's loginname correctly? (I want to get "i:0#.w|domain\user")
Thanks in advance!

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Well, non of your end users should really be logged in as system account, so I fail to see the problem. What is the objective of this? –  Robert Lindgren May 30 '13 at 9:33
@RobertLindgren Thanks for your information. It comes from a bug in our testing, we created an audience, and its rule is "Account Name = domain/currentuser", so if current user operates as system account, AudienceManager.IsMemberOfAudience will returns false, but it should return true actually. So, that's why I asked the question. –  Xiaodan Mao May 30 '13 at 11:55
I recognize the situation :P I usally just hard code that "if system user: do this and that" –  Robert Lindgren May 30 '13 at 11:57

2 Answers 2

Try this:

string userName = String.Empty;
SPClaimProviderManager mgr = SPClaimProviderManager.Local;
if(mgr != null)
   userName = mgr.DecodeClaim(SPContext.Current.Web.CurrentUser.LoginName).Value;
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Thanks for your answer, but if current user operates as system account, the loginname is "sharepoint\system", your code will throw exception. –  Xiaodan Mao May 30 '13 at 23:56

This may be solve your purpose



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While this may theoretically answer the question, we prefer inclusion of the essential parts of the answer here, and to provide the link for reference. See answer for general guidelines. –  SPDoctor May 30 '13 at 14:33
Thanks, but it needs a correct loginname, in my situation, HttpContext.Current.User.Identity.Name returns "0#.w|domain\user", which should be "i:0#.w|domain\user" actually. Do you know why? And SPContext.Current.Web.CurrentUser.LoginName returns "sharepoint\system", which can not be decoded. –  Xiaodan Mao May 31 '13 at 1:30

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