[icecast] A few Newbie Questions

Allen Landsidel all at biosys.net
Mon Feb 26 16:19:18 UTC 2001

At 19:46 2/25/2001 -0700, matt wrote:

>My understanding is that the '*' in the password field in the passwd file
>(or shadow file)
>tells the OS that it's a non-loginable acct.  In other words you can't
>directly login as that user.
>So editing the passwd file manually is actually the easiest and most
>secure option.
>Please correct me if I'm wrong.

If you're using shadowed passwords, a * in the passwd file just means that 
the passwd is shadowed, not that you can't log in as that user.  Changing 
the shell is probably the best idea.  Under FreeBSD, setting the shell to 
"/nonexistant" tells the os to not allow logins by this user.

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