nologin - message displayed to users attempting to log on in
the process of a system shutdown
The /etc/nologin file contains the message displayed to
users attempting to log on to a machine in the process of
being shutdown. After displaying the contents of the nolo-
gin file, the login procedure terminates, preventing the
user from logging onto the machine.
This procedure is preferable to terminating a user's ses-
sion by shutdown shortly after the user has logged on.
Logins by super-user are not affected by this procedure.
The message contained in the nologin file is editable by
super-user. A typical nologin file contains a message simi-
NO LOGINS: System going down in 10 minutes.
login(1), rlogin(1), telnet(1), shutdown(1M)
Man(1) output converted with