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Old 08-24-2001
Lock an User temperarily

Hi all,
How can I lock an User account temperarily? but this account should be accessable to other users through sudo?

quick help is highly appriciated

# 2  
Old 08-24-2001
in the /etc/shadow file put an "!" point in front of the password. this should lock the passwd. it will not be accessable to other users as that user can no longer log in untill the "!" is removed.
# 3  
Old 08-24-2001
Thanks a lot,

What about root user? can root log in to it?

# 4  
Old 08-24-2001
dont know. havent tried. but i am sure he should be able to.
# 5  
Old 08-24-2001
Yes root can become a locked user.
# su - locked_user

To lock the user, change this


You can also add this message to the top of the .profile file in the users home directory
echo "You account is locked, contact your system administator"; exit

# 6  
Old 08-27-2001
Thanks a lot! worked well

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