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 groupdel(1M)                                                   groupdel(1M)

 NAME    [Toc]    [Back]
      groupdel - delete a group from the system

 SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]
      groupdel group

 DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]
      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.

      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

 RETURN VALUE    [Toc]    [Back]
      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 nonexistent.

 EXAMPLES    [Toc]    [Back]
      Delete the group project1 from the /etc/group file if it exists:

           groupdel project1

 WARNINGS    [Toc]    [Back]
      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    [Toc]    [Back]

 Hewlett-Packard Company            - 1 -   HP-UX 11i Version 2: August 2003

 groupdel(1M)                                                   groupdel(1M)


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

      groupdel: SVID3

 Hewlett-Packard Company            - 2 -   HP-UX 11i Version 2: August 2003
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