Help with su on 6.3

Derek Ragona derek at
Thu Feb 14 15:02:00 UTC 2008

At 08:16 AM 2/14/2008, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
>Derek Ragona wrote:
>>I usually just set the shell to /usr/bin/false or /usr/sbin/nologin for 
>>users like these.  Of course you can't test these interactively with 
>>su.  If you want to do that, give the account a valid login shell, test 
>>it, then set it to false or nologin.
>It's not clear to me what you mean by "you can't test these interactively 
>with su".  If you mean you can't su to them and get a shell; that's wrong.
>su -m account_with_fake_shell


What I meant to say was that you can:
su -m account_with_fake_shell

But you can't:
su - account_with_fake_shell

and then test any command and scripts in the user's environment.


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