[ale] how to create user with no password

Geoffrey esoteric at 3times25.net
Fri Feb 27 15:57:21 EST 2004

James P. Kinney III wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-02-27 at 10:07, Danny Cox wrote:
>>On Thu, 2004-02-26 at 11:27, James P. Kinney III wrote:
>>>And while your editing the /etc/passwd file, change the line that reads:
>>	Actually, this is dangerous.  It starts a shell, which begins to parse
>>/bin/false and if you can catch it between the time it starts, and when
>>it exits with an interrupt, the shell will happily give you a prompt!
>>	Perhaps bash doesn't do this now, but I'll bet you a purty (I can use
>>that term, as I was born here) that it will!
>>	Mr. Toxen, confirmation please?
> I think you are correct in this. /bin/false _used_ to be a special "null
> shell" replacement. In RedHat it exists and and does load a bash shell
> to run from.

SuSE 9.0 it is a binary.

Until later, Geoffrey                     Registered Linux User #108567
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