The options which apply to the
This option is dangerous and may leave your system in an inconsistent state.
The mail spool is defined by the
variable in the
The following configuration variables in
change the behavior of this tool:
variables are used by
to create, move, or delete the user’s mail spool.
is set to
yes, they are also used to define the
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.
The return code of the script is not taken into account.
Here is an example script, which removes the user’s cron, at and print jobs:
# Check for the required argument.
if [ $# != 1 ]; then
echo "Usage: $0 username"
# Remove cron jobs.
crontab -r -u $1
# Remove at jobs.
# Note that it will remove any jobs owned by the same UID,
# even if it was shared by a different username.
find $AT_SPOOL_DIR -name "[^.]*" -type f -user $1 -delete ;
# Remove print jobs.
# All done.
If set to
will remove the user’s group if it contains no more members, and
will create by default a group with the name of the user.
command exits with the following values:
will not allow you to remove an account if there are running processes which belong to this account. In that case, you may have to kill those processes or lock the user’s password or account and remove the account later. The
option can force the deletion of this account.
You should manually check all file systems to ensure that no files remain owned by this user.
You may not remove any NIS attributes on a NIS client. This must be performed on the NIS server.
is defined to
will delete the group with the same name as the user. To avoid inconsistencies in the passwd and group databases,
will check that this group is not used as a primary group for another user, and will just warn without deleting the group otherwise. The
option can force the deletion of this group.