[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#433587: Bug#433587: request to add /usr/sbin/nologin to /etc/shells

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Wed Jul 18 05:54:19 UTC 2007

Quoting Mark Nipper (nipsy at bitgnome.net):
> Package: login
> Version: 1:
> Severity: wishlist
>         This is a request to add /usr/sbin/nologin to /etc/shells.  I
> ran across a problem earlier with vsftpd not allowing access to a user
> account which I only wished to allow FTP access on my system.  The
> reason vsftpd was disallowing access was because /usr/sbin/nologin is
> not listed in /etc/shells by default.  I think that it probably should
> be.

At first reaction, I am not very keen at doing this *by default*. 

nologin is intended as a replacement shell field for accounts that
have been disabled. So, making it a valid shell defeats that. 

I recommend you to do it manually locally with add-shell(8)

Other shadow maintainers, do we have an agreement, here?

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