USERDEL(1M)USERDEL(1M)NAMEuserdel - delete a user's login from the system
SYNOPSISuserdel [-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
The following options are supported:
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 following successful execution of
The following operands are supported:
An existing login name to be deleted.
The following exit values are returned:
Invalid command syntax. A usage message for the userdel command
The account to be removed does not exist.
The account to be removed is in use.
Cannot update the /etc/group or /etc/user_attr file but the login
is removed from the /etc/passwd file.
Cannot remove or otherwise modify the home directory.
system password file
system file contain users' encrypted passwords and
system file containing group definitions
system file containing additional user attributes
SEE ALSOauths(1), passwd(1), profiles(1), roles(1), users(1B), groupadd(1M),
groupdel(1M), groupmod(1M), logins(1M), roleadd(1M), rolemod(1M), user‐
add(1M), userdel(1M), usermod(1M), passwd(4), prof_attr(4),
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.
Sep 8, 1999 USERDEL(1M)