How to Remove (Delete) a User on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Users via Command Line 101: Basic User Interaction
I. How to Add a User and Grant Root Privileges on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS II. How to Remove (Delete) a User on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Pre-Flight Check
  • These instructions are intended specifically for removing a user on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
Step 1: Delete the User
It’s just one simple command to add a user. In this case, we’re adding a user called mynewuser: userdel mynewuser If you want to remove all of the files for the user, then use -r: userdel -r mynewuser
Step 2: Remove Root Privileges to the User
visudo Find the following code: ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere root ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL mynewuser ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL In this case, we’re removing root privileges from the user mynewuser . Remove the following: mynewuser ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL Then exit and save the file with the key commands Ctrl-x, Y, enter.
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