Only root can login

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When a user attempts to login, they get an error message “Login Incorrect” as soon as they type their username. The user is not given the chance to type their password. The root user is the only user that can login.


  • Remove the /etc/nologin file.
  • Any service that includes in the auth pam stack of its /etc/pam.d/* file will be affected by the existence of the /etc/nologin file. 


If /etc/nologin file is present many services will deny access to the server. This file can contain a helpful message telling users why they cannot login, but can be left empty. In which case. only the “login incorrect” message is displayed.

Any service that includes in the auth pam stack of its /etc/pam.d/* file will be affected by the existence of the /etc/nologin file. 


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  • Document ID:7006487
  • Creation Date: 22-Jul-2010
  • Modified Date:19-Aug-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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