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Old 09-01-2005, 09:29 PM   #1
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Disabled Accounts


I am running RH9 on a standalone machine. Two of my users are getting a screen saying that their account has expired/the administrator has disabled their account.

I am the administrator and i did no such thing. I know where to check if their account has been disabled in the Users and Groups utility, and it does not show that they are.

What could be causing this?

I did a fsck, but it showed no problems. Is there some other utility I can use to fix permissions or something?

Any help is appreciated, thanks.
Old 09-01-2005, 11:23 PM   #2
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look at the /etc/login.defs file............
Old 09-02-2005, 10:55 AM   #3
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the shortest way would be to edit the /etc/shadows file. it contains all the password info. Do
man 5 shadow
to see the meaning of the fields in that file. you'll know for yourself what to change.
other ways is to use
see man page to change the age of password. as freakyg said the default login definations are refered to from /etc/login.defs file. so change the values in that file if you dont want such problems in future.
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Don't edit the shadow-file directly!

The standard Red Hat user-administration tools have, on one of their tabs, a quick and easy way to disable an account, impose password-change restrictions, and so on.

Never go mucking-about with the files that you depend upon to log-on the system, unless you know exactly what you are doing and there is no other way.

Umm, "been there done that."


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