Showing posts with label userdel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label userdel. Show all posts

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