useradd with * in passwd field

Chris Tyler chris at
Mon Apr 6 16:00:50 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-04-06 at 20:20 +0530, Sudarshan Soma wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM, Chris Tyler <chris at> wrote:
> > Hi Pavan,
> >
> > First, you should in almost all cases have shadow password support
> > enabled, so the actual passwords will be in /etc/shadow not /etc/passwd.
> >
> > Second, useradd will by default create an account which cannot be
> > accessed until a password is added (typically with the passwd command).
> > If you need to lock an account that has a password so that it cannot be
> > used for login, you can use "passwd -l username"; note that this
> > prepends an exclamation mark to the password field (does the same thing
> > as your star). The opposite command is "passwd -u username", which
> > unlocks the account.
> >
> Thanks Chris.
> I got the command ,
> usermod -p "*" user  &> /dev/null
> Actually i want to make user with no access at any time.
> Best Regards,
> pavan


If you're using usermod, you'll want the -L option.

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