A good idea may be to remove the line and put it in a file called
/etc/passwd.om (for example).
As an aside, it is a neat trick to purge the password file by removing old
locked accounts but keeping them in a /etc/passwd.goners file. The use of
this will be apparent when you encounter a file with no userid as the owner.
By cross-referencing the uid in the /etc/passwd.goners file you can tell who
> > I feel kind of daft asking this question because I have anagging feeling
> > should know the answer to this, but I've just been asked how one could
> > comment
> > out a line in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow - the use of "#" of course
> > mnakes that username be prefixed by a "#".
> If the effect you want is to prevent the user accessing the system then
> changing the password string to something like "*" would work - but why
> just lock the user with passwd -l ?
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