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groupdel(1m) [opensolaris man page]

groupdel(1M)						  System Administration Commands					      groupdel(1M)

groupdel - delete a group definition from the system SYNOPSIS
/usr/sbin/groupdel group DESCRIPTION
The groupdel utility deletes a group definition from the system. It deletes the appropriate entry from the /etc/group file. OPERANDS
group An existing group name to be deleted. EXIT STATUS
The following exit values are returned: 0 Success. 2 Invalid command syntax. A usage message for the groupdel command is displayed. 6 group does not exist. 10 Cannot update the /etc/group file. FILES
/etc/group system file containing group definitions ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWcsu | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
users(1B), groupadd(1M), groupmod(1M), logins(1M), useradd(1M), userdel(1M), usermod(1M), attributes(5) NOTES
The groupdel utility only deletes a group definition that is in the local /etc/group file. If a network nameservice such as NIS or NIS+ is being used to supplement the local /etc/group file with additional entries, groupdel cannot change information supplied by the network nameservice. groupdel fails if a group entry (a single line in /etc/group) exceeds 2047 characters. SunOS 5.11 27 Aug 2008 groupdel(1M)

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groupdel(1M)															      groupdel(1M)

groupdel - delete a group from the system SYNOPSIS
The command deletes a group from the system by removing the appropriate entry from the file. The command must be used with the group argument which is the name of the group to be deleted. The name consists of a string of printable characters that may not include a colon or newline Refer to usergroupname(5) to understand the functionality changes with the Numeric User Group Name feature. Options The command uses the following option: Exercise the safe delete feature. That is, if the gid of the primary group of any system user matches the gid of group, then group is not deleted. NIS The command is aware of NIS user entries. Only local groups may be deleted with Attempts to delete an NIS group will result in an error. NIS groups must be administered from the NIS server. If is used on a system where NIS is installed, it may fail with the error (return value 6), if the group specified is an NIS group (see group(4)). RETURN VALUE
exits with one of the following values: No error. Invalid command syntax. Invalid argument supplied to an option. group does not exist. Cannot modify the file. file or file busy. Another command may be modifying the file. Unable to open or file is non-existent. group is busy or cannot delete the primary group. EXAMPLES
Delete the group from the file if it exists: WARNINGS
Because many users may try to write the file simultaneously, a password locking mechanism was devised. If this locking fails after subse- quent retrying, terminates. FILES
users(1), groupadd(1M), groupmod(1M), logins(1M), useradd(1M), userdel(1M), usermod(1M), group(4), usergroupname(5). STANDARDS CONFORMANCE

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