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USERDEL(8)		  System Management Commands		    USERDEL(8)

       userdel - delete a user account and related files

       userdel [options] LOGIN

       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:

       -f, --force
	  This option forces the removal of the user, even if she is still
	  logged in. It also forces userdel to remove the user's home
	  directory or her mail spool, even if another user uses the same home
	  directory or if the mail spool is not owned by the specified user.
	  If USERGROUPS_ENAB is defined to yes in /etc/login.defs and if a
	  group exists with the same name as the deleted user, then this group
	  will be removed, even if it is still the primary group of another

	  Note: This option is dangerous and may leave your system in an
	  inconsistent state.

       -h, --help
	  Display help message and exit.

       -r, --remove
	  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

	  The mail spool is defined by the MAIL_DIR variable in the login.defs

	  Group account information.

	  Shadow password suite configuration.

	  User account information.

	  Secure user account information.

       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

       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).

System Management Commands	  06/24/2006			    USERDEL(8)
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