nologin program

Jonas Norlander jonas.norlander at
Wed Jan 26 04:28:17 PST 2005

On Wed, Jan 26, 2005 at 12:26:25AM -0500, Robert Connolly wrote:
> Is anyone interested in having an /sbin/nologin(8) ? This is an alternative 
> to /bin/false, but while false(1) displays nothing and returns 1, nologin can 
> display a hardcoded message, or one from /etc/nologin.txt, and return 1.
> Both false and nologin are equally safe to use. nologin is intended to let 
> users know an account is disabled instead of giving them no explanation, 
> assuming they get the password right.
> Some distro's patch this into util-linux. Its a simple program:
> #include <stdio.h>
> #include <stdlib.h>
> #include <string.h>
> #include <unistd.h>
> #define DEFAULT_MESG    "This account is currently not available.\n"
> int main(int argc, char *argv[])
> {
>         exit (1);
> }
> Its no big deal, and really just a vanity thing. But nologin is more suitable 
> for use with login rejection than what false does. It would only really get 
> used if root tried 'su - sshd', or if you choose to disable a real account.
> robert


I always missed this program when i switched to LFS


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