groupdel - delete a group from the system
The groupdel command deletes a group from the system by removing the
appropriate entry from the /etc/group file.
The groupdel command must be used with the group argument. group is
the name of the group to be deleted, consisting of a string of
This command is aware of NIS user entries. Only local groups may be
deleted with groupdel. Attempts to delete an NIS group will result in
an error. NIS groups must be administered from the NIS server. If
groupdel is used on a system where NIS is installed, it may fail with
group x does not exist
(return value 6), if the group specified is an NIS group (see
groupdel exits with one of the following values:
0 No error.
2 Invalid command syntax.
3 Invalid argument supplied to an option.
6 group does not exist.
10 Cannot modify the /etc/group file.
11 /etc/passwd file or /etc/ptmp file busy. Another command may
be modifying the /etc/passwd file.
12 Unable to open /etc/ptmp or /etc/passwd file is non-
Delete the group project1 from the /etc/group file if it exists:
As many users may try to write the /etc/passwd file simultaneously, a
passwd locking mechanism was deviced. If this locking fails after
subsequent retrying, groupdel terminates.
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users(1), groupadd(1M), groupmod(1M), logins(1M), useradd(1M),
userdel(1M), usermod(1M), group(4).
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