If you have enhanced security installed on your system, you should use the dxaccounts command to remove users. See the Security manual and the dxaccounts(8X) reference page for more information.
The removeuser command is an interactive command for deleting user accounts from your system. It also gives the option of deleting the user's home directory, files and mail. The command prompts you for specific information and informs you of its activity and error conditions.
The removeuser command invokes /usr/sbin/userdel to delete the user account information from /etc/passwd and the hashed password database (if present).
Only the superuser can execute this command.
The command performs the following tasks: Asks for a login name for the user to be deleted. Enter the login name. If this entry does not exist in the /etc/passwd file, the command informs you of this and exits. If the entry does exist, the command continues. Displays the entry for the user from the /etc/passwd file and asks if this is the entry you want to delete. If the answer to this query is no, the command indicates that the user was not deleted and then exits. If the answer to this query is yes, the command deletes the user's entry from the /etc/passwd file and any occurrences of the user from the /etc/group file. It then states that the user was deleted. Searches several administrative directories and files for occurrences of the user and informs you if they exist. If so, it suggests that you may want to delete these occurrences when the command is finished. If no occurrences of the user are found in these directories and files, the command indicates so. Asks if you want to delete the home directory, all subdirectories, and all mail files for the user. If the answer to this query is no, the command indicates that the user's home directory was not deleted and then exits. If the answer to this query is yes, the command continues.
At this point, the command ends.
Users are advised to migrate to the /usr/sbin/userdel utility or the dxaccounts utility as this command may be removed in a future version of the operating system.
Enter a login name to be removed or <Return> to exit: john This is the entry for (john) in the /etc/passwd file:
Is this the entry you want to delete (y/n)? y Working ... Entry for (john) removed. Searching relevant directories and files for (john) ... None found. Do you want to remove the home directory, all subdirectories, files, and mail for (john) (y/n)? y The files for (john) will be lost if not backed up. Are you sure you want to remove these files (y/n)? y Deleting /usr/users/john Deleting /usr/spool/mail/john
Specifies the command path Group file Password file
Commands: addgroup(8), adduser(8), dxaccounts(8X), finger(1), mkpasswd(8), passwd(1), useradd(8), userdel(8), vipw(8)
Files: group(4), passwd(4) delim off