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    Bash and SSH for users

    Ok. I have a new server that is going to be running multiple sites with apache (via Virtual hosts). I would like to setup each site to have both bash and SSH. (test will be the user from here on)

    I created a new user...
    useradd test
    passwd test

    I then set a specific location as the users $HOME
    /var/www/vhosts/demo.com/ (or something like that)
    made sure that both apache and the user had access to the contents within home

    However when I went to ssh in to the server using this new user i noticed that the shell was just the default sh.

    DISCLAIMER: This is where my suspected noobness came in...
    I then changed the users shell to bash using the following cmd
    usermod -s bash test

    once I did this I was no longer able to get ssh access via this user.
    SOOO how can I restore this users SSH access and allow it to use bash as its default shell.

    A secondary question is how can this user also be give SFTP access with out restricting the other two items (not a requirement just wondering if it fits along the same lines)

    Thanks!

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    Re: Bash and SSH for users

    I'm guessing a bit here, but I think your issue may be that you didn't give the absolute path for the new shell i.e.

    Code:
    $ sudo usermod -s /bin/bash test
    The ssh login may be failing simply because it can't execute bash without the absolute path

  3. #3
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    Re: Bash and SSH for users

    You are a genius! So simple and I totally didn't think of it...
    Problem solved!

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