removeuser - Deletes user accounts interactively
If you have enhanced security installed on your system,
you should use the dxaccounts command to remove users. See
the Security manual and the dxaccounts(8) reference page
for more information.
The removeuser command is an interactive command for
deleting user accounts from your system. It also gives
the option of deleting the user's home directory, files
and mail. The command prompts you for specific information
and informs you of its activity and error conditions.
The removeuser command invokes /usr/sbin/userdel to delete
the user account information from /etc/passwd and the
hashed password database (if present).
Only the superuser can execute this command.
The command performs the following tasks: Asks for a login
name for the user to be deleted. Enter the login name.
If this entry does not exist in the /etc/passwd file, the
command informs you of this and exits. If the entry does
exist, the command continues. Displays the entry for the
user from the /etc/passwd file and asks if this is the
entry you want to delete. If the answer to this query is
no, the command indicates that the user was not deleted
and then exits. If the answer to this query is yes, the
command deletes the user's entry from the /etc/passwd file
and any occurrences of the user from the /etc/group file.
It then states that the user was deleted. Searches several
administrative directories and files for occurrences
of the user and informs you if they exist. If so, it suggests
that you may want to delete these occurrences when
the command is finished. If no occurrences of the user
are found in these directories and files, the command
indicates so. Asks if you want to delete the home directory,
all subdirectories, and all mail files for the user.
If the answer to this query is no, the command indicates
that the user's home directory was not deleted and then
exits. If the answer to this query is yes, the command
As a precaution, the command reminds you that you
should have backed up the files for the user before
removing them if you do not want to lose them. It
then asks if you are sure that you want to delete
the files for this user. If the answer to this
query is no, the command indicates that the user's
home directory was not deleted and then exits. If
the answer to this query is yes, the command states
that it is removing the user's home directory, its
contents and the user's mail file. It then deletes
At this point, the command ends.
Users are advised to migrate to the /usr/sbin/userdel
utility or the dxaccounts utility as this command may be
removed in a future version of the operating system.
Enter a login name to be removed or <Return> to exit:
john This is the entry for (john) in the /etc/passwd file:
Is this the entry you want to delete (y/n)? y Working ...
Entry for (john) removed. Searching relevant directories
and files for (john) ... None found. Do you want to
remove the home directory, all subdirectories, files, and
mail for (john) (y/n)? y The files for (john) will be
lost if not backed up. Are you sure you want to remove
these files (y/n)? y Deleting /usr/users/john Deleting
Specifies the command path Group file Password file
Commands: addgroup(8), adduser(8), dxaccounts(8), finger(1), mkpasswd(8), passwd(1), useradd(8), userdel(8),
Files: group(4), passwd(4)
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