Best practices for disabling email accounts

Chip McClure vhm3 at
Fri Sep 12 08:40:26 PDT 2003

Blake Swensen said:

Typically, what I do, is to edit the account name (login), of the user, or
users. I add in "*DISABLED*" to the beginning of the users name, makes it
a little easier to find when enabling, or deleting, the account. Password
fields are not messed with, so I don't have to go back & look up the

The only downfall here, is that by changing the users name, all email for
that individual gets bounced. Quick solution there, is to add in an entry
to the /etc/mail/virtuserstable to fix that.


Chip McClure
Sr. Unix Administrator
GigGuardian, Inc.

> Many of you are in the same boat, where customers fall behind and
> collections letters still do not seem to grab their attention.
> Short of changing passwords, does anyone have a best practices method of
>  temporarily preventing access to email boxes temporarily. In most of
> these cases, once the customer has paid, I would like to turn back on
> the email boxes.
> Thanks
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