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USERDEL(8)                  System Manager's Manual                 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.   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/passwd - user account information
       /etc/shadow - secure user account information
       /etc/group - group information

EXIT VALUES
       0       - success
       1       - can't update password file
       2       - bad 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  cur-
       rently  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 an NIS client.  This must be performed on the NIS server.

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

AUTHOR
       Julianne Frances Haugh (jockgrrlATix.com)



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