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Re: useradd with * in passwd field

Thanks Chris.
I got the command ,
usermod -p "*" user  &> /dev/null

Actually i want to make user with no access at any time.

Best Regards,

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM, Chris Tyler <chris tylers info> wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-04-06 at 19:37 +0530, Sudarshan Soma wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I need to add a user who will have entry in the /etc/passwd file as
>> below,  where the passwd field is marked as *
>> myuser:*:12:23:guest:/:/bin/bash
>> I need to do this by using command useradd, but i am not able to find
>> easier way to do this by commands other than manually editing passwd
>> file.
>> The intention is to create a user with whcih login can never happen
>> Please suggest
> Hi Pavan,
> First, you should in almost all cases have shadow password support
> enabled, so the actual passwords will be in /etc/shadow not /etc/passwd.
> Second, useradd will by default create an account which cannot be
> accessed until a password is added (typically with the passwd command).
> If you need to lock an account that has a password so that it cannot be
> used for login, you can use "passwd -l username"; note that this
> prepends an exclamation mark to the password field (does the same thing
> as your star). The opposite command is "passwd -u username", which
> unlocks the account.
> -Chris
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