Delete the Users

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Tue Apr 8 16:55:06 UTC 2008

On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 12:49:23PM -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:

Just a followup;   It looks like   rmuser(8)   (/usr/sbin/rmuser)  is
the canonical way to remove a user from the system.    You can still
use vipw to check out the passwd file.


> On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 01:46:50PM +0800, Ruel Luchavez wrote:
> > Hi..
> > I could log-in as a root in the data server of my friend, he give me a task
> > to delete some
> > users that he added in the server few months ago.
> > Unfortunately, I've tried reading in other blogs but none of them is
> > correct, there are some
> > but at the end its not what i want.
> > I know how to add users using command "adduser' but i cant trace after I add
> > user where should
> > be its directory?where could i find the list of users in the server? what
> > would be the command to delete
> > the user?
> If you have root,   then run  vipw(8).
> Look at the entry of the user you want to delete.  It will list the
> home directory for that user.    
> Presuming you want to remove everything about that user:
>  - First delete everything in the home directory.   
>  - The user's mail inbox is likely to be in /var/mail/USERID.    
>  - There may be a crontab file.
>    Check that with   crontab -u USERID -l     If there is nothing there
>    don't worry about it.
>  - and then use    find(1)  to find all the remaining files and directories 
>    owned by that id.   rm them if you want to.   If any of them are files
>    that other account also use, you may have to think out deleting them.
> Once you have removed all the files you want to, then go back
> to vipw and delete the entry from the password file.   vipw will
> manage both the  /etc/passwd   and   /etc/master.passwd   as well as
> the system password database  correctly for you.
> Don't try to edit /etc/passwd  or  /etc/master.passwd directly.
> Of course, you can easily write a script in your choice of favorite
> language (sh, csh, Perl, etc) to do all this and all you have to do
> is enter in the user id.  Probably there are some out there already,
> maybe even something in the base system.   But, I delete ids so rarely
> that I have always done it by hand and not bothered to look.
> ////jerry
> > 
> > I really need your HELP..Thanks!
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