userdel



USERDEL(8)                                                          USERDEL(8)




NAME

       userdel - Delete a user account and related files


SYNOPSIS

       userdel [-r] login


DESCRIPTION

       The userdel command modifies the system account files, deleting all
       entries that refer to login. The named user must exist.


OPTIONS

       The options which apply to the userdel command are:

       -r     Files in the user’s home directory will be removed along with
              the home directory itself and the user’s mail spool. Files
              located in other file systems will have to be searched for and
              deleted manually.


FILES

       /etc/group
              group account information

       /etc/passwd
              user account information

       /etc/shadow
              secure user account information


EXIT VALUES

       The userdel command exits with the following values:

       0      success

       1      can’t update password file

       2      invalid command syntax

       6      specified user doesn’t exist

       8      user currently logged in

       10     can’t update group file

       12     can’t remove home directory


CAVEATS

       userdel will not allow you to remove an account if the user is
       currently logged in. You must kill any running processes which belong
       to an account that you are deleting. You may not remove any NIS
       attributes on a NIS client. This must be performed on the NIS server.


SEE ALSO

       chfn(1), chsh(1), passwd(1), gpasswd(8), groupadd(8), groupdel(8),
       groupmod(8), useradd(8), usermod(8)


AUTHOR

       Julianne Frances Haugh (jockgrrl@ix.netcom.com)



                                  08/03/2005                        USERDEL(8)

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