Maintenance Commands                                  userdel(1M)


userdel - delete a user's login from the system


userdel [ -r ] login


The userdel utility deletes a user account from the system and makes the appropriate account-related changes to the system file and file system.


The following options are supported: -r Remove the user's home directory from the system. This directory must exist. The files and directories under the home directory will no longer be accessible fol- lowing successful execution of the command.


The following operands are supported: login An existing login name to be deleted. EXIT STATUS The following exit values are returned: 0 Successful completion. 2 Invalid command syntax. A usage message for the user- del command is displayed. 6 The account to be removed does not exist. 8 The account to be removed is in use. 10 Cannot update the /etc/group or /etc/user_attr file but the login is removed from the /etc/passwd file. 12 Cannot remove or otherwise modify the home directory.


/etc/passwd" system password file /etc/shadow" system file contain users' encrypted passwords and related information /etc/group" system file containing group definitions SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Sep 1999 1 Maintenance Commands userdel(1M) /etc/user_attr" system file containing additional user attributes


See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | Availability | SUNWcsu | |_____________________________|_____________________________|


auths(1), passwd(1), profiles(1), roles(1), users(1B), groupadd(1M), groupdel(1M), groupmod(1M), logins(1M), roleadd(1M), rolemod(1M), useradd(1M), userdel(1M), usermod(1M), passwd(4), prof_attr(4), user_attr(4), attri- butes(5)


The userdel utility only deletes an account definition that is in the local /etc/group, /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow, and /etc/user_attr file. file. If a network name service such as NIS or NIS+ is being used to supplement the local /etc/passwd file with additional entries, userdel cannot change information supplied by the network name service. SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Sep 1999 2