Joel Bryan T. Juliano joelbryan.juliano at
Sat Apr 29 17:33:58 UTC 2006

I don't know, but I think it's the same with Win2k features that when a
user try to login and failed for a certain time, then the pc would not
be usable for a certain period (1 hour)

On Sat, 2006-04-29 at 18:23 +0100, Daniel Carrera wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to understand the 'maxlogins' option in /etc/security/limits.conf
> As usual in Linux world, the documentation is less than stellar. I've 
> found a dozen documents and they are really a dozen copies of the same 
> document. They all say the same thing:
> maxlogins -- Maximum number of logins for this user or group.
> Okay... so does that mean that if I set "maxlogins  5" then the user can 
> only login 5 times in their life and then they can never login again? Or 
> does it mean that they can only do 5 login attempts wrong? If so, does 
> the system ever reset to let them them login again? How long does that take?
> I would be grateful if anyone here knows the answer and can tell me.
> Cheers,
> Daniel.
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Joel Bryan T. Juliano <joelbryan.juliano at>
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