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 groupdel(1M)							groupdel(1M)




 NAME
      groupdel - delete a group from the system

 SYNOPSIS
      groupdel group

 DESCRIPTION
      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
      printable characters.

 NETWORKING FEATURES
      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
      the error

	   group x does not exist

      (return value 6), if the group specified is an NIS group (see
      group(4)).

 RETURN VALUE
      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-
		existent.

 EXAMPLES
      Delete the group project1 from the /etc/group file if it exists:

	   groupdel project1

 WARNINGS
      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.

 FILES
      /etc/group



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 groupdel(1M)							groupdel(1M)




      /etc/ptmp

 SEE ALSO
      users(1), groupadd(1M), groupmod(1M), logins(1M), useradd(1M),
      userdel(1M), usermod(1M), group(4).

 STANDARDS CONFORMANCE
      groupdel: SVID3














































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