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PAM_LASTLOG(8)              Linux-PAM Manual              PAM_LASTLOG(8)

NAME         top

       pam_lastlog - PAM module to display date of last login and
       perform inactive account lock out

SYNOPSIS         top [debug] [silent] [never] [nodate] [nohost]
                      [noterm] [nowtmp] [noupdate] [showfailed]
                      [inactive=<days>] [unlimited]

DESCRIPTION         top

       pam_lastlog is a PAM module to display a line of information
       about the last login of the user. In addition, the module
       maintains the /var/log/lastlog file.

       Some applications may perform this function themselves. In such
       cases, this module is not necessary.

       The module checks LASTLOG_UID_MAX option in /etc/login.defs and
       does not update or display last login records for users with UID
       higher than its value. If the option is not present or its value
       is invalid, no user ID limit is applied.

       If the module is called in the auth or account phase, the
       accounts that were not used recently enough will be disallowed to
       log in. The check is not performed for the root account so the
       root is never locked out. It is also not performed for users with
       UID higher than the LASTLOG_UID_MAX value.

OPTIONS         top

           Print debug information.

           Don't inform the user about any previous login, just update
           the /var/log/lastlog file. This option does not affect
           display of bad login attempts.

           If the /var/log/lastlog file does not contain any old entries
           for the user, indicate that the user has never previously
           logged in with a welcome message.

           Don't display the date of the last login.

           Don't display the terminal name on which the last login was

           Don't indicate from which host the last login was attempted.

           Don't update the wtmp entry.

           Don't update any file.

           Display number of failed login attempts and the date of the
           last failed attempt from btmp. The date is not displayed when
           nodate is specified.

           This option is specific for the auth or account phase. It
           specifies the number of days after the last login of the user
           when the user will be locked out by the module. The default
           value is 90.

           If the fsize limit is set, this option can be used to
           override it, preventing failures on systems with large UID
           values that lead lastlog to become a huge sparse file.


       The auth and account module type allows one to lock out users who
       did not login recently enough. The session module type is
       provided for displaying the information about the last login
       and/or updating the lastlog and wtmp files.

RETURN VALUES         top

           Everything was successful.

           Internal service module error.

           User not known.

           User locked out in the auth or account phase due to

           There was an error during reading the lastlog file in the
           auth or account phase and thus inactivity of the user cannot
           be determined.

EXAMPLES         top

       Add the following line to /etc/pam.d/login to display the last
       login time of a user:

               session  required nowtmp

       To reject the user if he did not login during the previous 50
       days the following line can be used:

               auth  required inactive=50

FILES         top

           Lastlog logging file

SEE ALSO         top

       limits.conf(5), pam.conf(5), pam.d(5), pam(8)

AUTHOR         top

       pam_lastlog was written by Andrew G. Morgan <>.

       Inactive account lock out added by Tomáš Mráz <>.

COLOPHON         top

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Linux-PAM Manual               12/22/2023                 PAM_LASTLOG(8)

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