How to Remove (Delete) a User on Ubuntu 15.04

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Users via Command Line 101: Basic User Interaction
I. How to Add a User and Grant Root Privileges on Ubuntu 15.04 II. How to Remove (Delete) a User on Ubuntu 15.04

Pre-Flight Check

  • These instructions are intended specifically for removing a user on Ubuntu 15.04.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Self Managed Ubuntu 15.04 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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