Thursday, January 29, 2015

How to delete user account in Linux?

Deleting user account in Linux is as a task to remove user login credentials from system configuration files such as /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow and files which are owned by that particular user  from the Linux server. Here we are going to see on how to delete a user and precautions to be taken when deleting users. Lets start deleting user with examples.

Example: Delete user account from a machine

userdel username
deluser username 

userdel rajesh

The disadvantage of the above command is that it only deletes users login details but not his home directory.

Example: Deleting user account and his home directory from a Linux machine

userdel -r username
userdel –r rajesh

-r stands recurse for remove home directory.

Example: Delete user account forcefully though user logged in.

deluser –force username

deluser –f rajesh

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