userdel - Delete a user account and related files
userdel [-f] [-r] login_name
The userdel command modifies the system account files, deleting all entries that refer to login_name. The named user must exist.
The options which apply to the userdel command are:
Note: This option is dangerous and may let your system in an inconsistent state.
The mail spool is defined by the MAIL_DIR variable in the login.defs file.
group account information
shadow password suite configuration
user account information
secure user account information
The userdel command exits with the following values:
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.
If USERGROUPS_ENAB is defined to yes in /etc/login.defs, userdel will delete the group with the same name as the user. To avoid inconsistencies in the passwd and group databases, userdel will check that this group is not used as a primary group for another user, and will just warn without deleting the user otherwise. The -f option can force the deletion of this group.
chfn(1) , chsh(1) , passwd(1) , login.defs(5) , gpasswd(8) , groupadd(8) , groupdel(8) , groupmod(8) , useradd(8) , usermod(8) .
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