Easiest way to lock or unlock the user account in Linux

We traditionally use to lock an user account in Linux by doing “username:x:Pr.Group:Sec.Group ::/home/username: /sbin/nologin” in /etc/passwd file.

There is an easy way to lock and unlock the user account in Linux. The syntax given below

#passwd –l username —à to lock the account

#passwd –u username —à to unlock the account

To know the passwd creation date for the users

# passwd -S -a; this will list the dates along with users when the password was created.

For more interesting info about passwd # man passwd



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