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FALSELOGIN(1) General Commands Manual FALSELOGIN(1)


falselogin - a false login shell




falselogin is a small application which can deny the user to log in the system displaying a custom message.


The configuration file for falselogin is /etc/falselogin.conf. Everything you write into this file will be written at login except for some special strings which will be substituted when they appear in the configuration file. They are:

%mail% string
Number of mail messages in the user's mailbox.
%user% string
%sysname% string
Sysname from uname. (eg: Linux)
%nodename%, %host% strings
The hostname. (eg: master)
%release% string
Linux kernel version number (eg: 2.0.36)
%version% string
Linux version number (eg: #8 Sun Dec 20 12:02:31 CET 1998)
%machine% string
Machine type (eg: i686)
%debian_version% string
Debian version from /etc/debian_version


If waitfor is a number, falselogin will sleep waitfor seconds before exiting; if waitfor matches the word 'enter' then falselogin will wait for the user to input the 'enter' key


This manual page was written by Tibor Koleszar <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system.