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GROUPDEL

Section: System Management Commands (8)
Updated: 04/29/2018
Index 

NAME

groupdel - delete a group 

SYNOPSIS

groupdel [options] GROUP
 

DESCRIPTION

Thegroupdelcommand modifies the system account files, deleting all entries that refer toGROUP. The named group must exist. 

OPTIONS

The options which apply to thegroupdelcommand are:

-h, --help

Display help message and exit.

-R, --root CHROOT_DIR

Apply changes in theCHROOT_DIRdirectory and use the configuration files from theCHROOT_DIRdirectory.

-P, --prefix PREFIX_DIR

Apply changes in thePREFIX_DIRdirectory and use the configuration files from thePREFIX_DIRdirectory. This option does not chroot and is intended for preparing a cross-compilation target. Some limitations: NIS and LDAP users/groups are not verified. PAM authentication is using the host files. No SELINUX support.
 

CAVEATS

You may not remove the primary group of any existing user. You must remove the user before you remove the group.

You should manually check all file systems to ensure that no files remain owned by this group. 

CONFIGURATION

The following configuration variables in/etc/login.defschange the behavior of this tool:

MAX_MEMBERS_PER_GROUP (number)

Maximum members per group entry. When the maximum is reached, a new group entry (line) is started in/etc/group(with the same name, same password, and same GID).

The default value is 0, meaning that there are no limits in the number of members in a group.

This feature (split group) permits to limit the length of lines in the group file. This is useful to make sure that lines for NIS groups are not larger than 1024 characters.

If you need to enforce such limit, you can use 25.

Note: split groups may not be supported by all tools (even in the Shadow toolsuite). You should not use this variable unless you really need it.

 

FILES

/etc/group

Group account information.

/etc/gshadow

Secure group account information.
 

EXIT VALUES

Thegroupdelcommand exits with the following values:

0

success

2

invalid command syntax

6

specified group doesn't exist

8

can't remove user's primary group

10

can't update group file
 

SEE ALSO

chfn(1),chsh(1),passwd(1),gpasswd(8),groupadd(8),groupmod(8),useradd(8),userdel(8),usermod(8).


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
CAVEATS
CONFIGURATION
FILES
EXIT VALUES
SEE ALSO

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