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Re: Why do system users have shells?

On Mon, 25 Nov 2002, Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 04:34:52PM -0500, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> > But there are programs that don't use su -s. E.g., custom logins
> > (non-anonymous) from wu-ftpd will fail if the login shell is set to
> > /bin/false.
> You can add /bin/false to /etc/shells to fix that, but actually it is a
> feature to prevent exactly this. login with system user accounts.

   I find putting /bin/true in /etc/shells gives nicer semantic meaning,
   since 'true' accounts can still ftp, while 'false' accounts cannot.

   Of course, everyone should scp these days anyway...


Damian Gryski          | "There is a crack, a crack in everything.
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