Temporarily disable a user account

If you've followed Tip 50, on page 113, which describes how to make Ubuntu suitable for children, you might also want to occasionally deac-

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tivate your child's account—as punishment for misdeeds, perhaps, or just to force them to do something other than browse the Internet all day!

The following command will effectively deactivate a user's password, making it so they can no longer log in. All settings and files belonging to the user will remain in-tact: $ sudo passwd -l username

Replace username with the user's username.

To re-enable the account after the errant youngster has paid her/his penance, type the following:

$ sudo password -u username

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