[CentOS] Checking if a user is 'Disabled'

Peter Kjellstrom cap at nsc.liu.se
Wed Oct 29 11:06:14 UTC 2008


On Tuesday 28 October 2008, R P Herrold wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Oct 2008, Tom Brown wrote:
> > I need to create some local users but then 'disable' that user. I know i
> > can enable and disable the user by using usermod -L and -U but does
> > anyone know if there is a way for me to see the current status of the
> > user? ie locked or unlocked?
>
> [herrold at mailhub ~]$ sudo passwd -l archive
> Locking password for user archive.
> passwd: Success
> [herrold at mailhub ~]$ sudo passwd -S archive
> archive LK 2008-07-15 0 99999 7 -1 (Password locked.)
> [herrold at mailhub ~]$

Worth noting is that this locking only refers to password authentication. If 
the user has a key in his/hers authorized_keys then they will still be able 
to login.

/Peter

> see also: man chage
>
> -- Russ herrold
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