How to Remove (Delete) a User on CentOS 7

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Users via Command Line 101: Basic User Interaction
I. How to Add a User and Grant Root Privileges on CentOS 7 II. How to Remove (Delete) a User on CentOS 7
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  • These instructions are intended specifically for removing a user on CentOS 7.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 7 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
Step 1: Delete the User
It’s just one simple command to delete a user. In this case, we’re removing a user called mynewuser: userdel mynewuser If you want to remove all the files for the user, then use -r: userdel -r mynewuser
Step 2: Remove Root Privileges to the User
For a refresher on editing files with vim see: New User Tutorial: Overview of the Vim Text Editor visudo Find the following code: ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere root ALL=(ALL) ALL mynewuser ALL=(ALL) ALL In this case, we’re removing root privileges from the user mynewuser . Remove the following: mynewuser ALL=(ALL) ALL Then exit vim by saving the file with the command with :wq .
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