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-.\" Title: pam_nologin
-.\" Author:
-.\" Generator: DocBook XSL Stylesheets v1.70.1 <>
-.\" Date: 06/04/2006
-.\" Manual: Linux\-PAM Manual
-.\" Source: Linux\-PAM Manual
-.TH "PAM_NOLOGIN" "8" "06/04/2006" "Linux\-PAM Manual" "Linux\-PAM Manual"
-.\" disable hyphenation
-.\" disable justification (adjust text to left margin only) l
-pam_nologin \- Prevent non\-root users from login
-.HP 15
-\\fR [file=\fI/path/nologin\fR] [successok]
-pam_nologin is a PAM module that prevents users from logging into the system when
-exists. The contents of the
-file are displayed to the user. The pam_nologin module has no effect on the root user's ability to log in.
-.TP 3n
-Use this file instead the default
-.TP 3n
-Return PAM_SUCCESS if no file exists, the default is PAM_IGNORE.
-services are supported.
-.TP 3n
-The user is not root and
-exists, so the user is not permitted to log in.
-.TP 3n
-Memory buffer error.
-.TP 3n
-This is the default return value.
-.TP 3n
-Success: either the user is root or the
-file does not exist.
-.TP 3n
-User not known to the underlying authentication module.
-The suggested usage for
-.RS 3n
-auth required
-In order to make this module effective, all login methods should be secured by it. It should be used as a
-method listed before any
-methods in order to get standard Unix nologin semantics. Note, the use of
-module argument causes the module to return
-and as such would break such a configuration \- failing
-modules would lead to a successful login because the nologin module
-pam_nologin was written by Michael K. Johnson <>.