How to login to an account with “nologin” shell ?

We have some accounts such as postfix,apache .. these account has “nologin” shell, meaning you can’t sudo su – apache or “su – apache”.

Sometimes we need to login to these account to run some commands to check some permission issues.

The solution is:

su -s /usr/bin/bash apache

(as you can see in the command, we explicitly provide the shell instead of using the system default)

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