How do I disable a linux account?

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    chage - change user password expiry information

    -E, --expiredate EXPIRE_DATE
    	   Set the date or number of days since January 1, 1970 on which the user's account will
    	   no longer be accessible. The date may also be expressed in the format YYYY-MM-DD (or
    	   the format more commonly used in your area). A user whose account is locked must
    	   contact the system administrator before being able to use the system again.
    	   Passing the number -1 as the EXPIRE_DATE will remove an account expiration date.

    This will disable the user account.

    $ chage -E0 testuser

    This will disable all method of access by Linux Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM). For information on PAM see this wikepedia link:

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