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I know how to add a user, but I can't seem to get rid of them. How do I do this? Is there a similiar command to "adduser" or is it way more complicated? I am using Red Hat version 5.0 but also have the same problem on a slackware machine in the building.
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Use the following command:

userdel loginname

or

userdel -r loginname

With -r you delete the user and also remove the user's home directory. This command works for sure with slackware.

Hope it helps
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OK fmismetti's answer worked on the Red Hat but did not work on the slackware. I kept getting a Bash: Command not found. Is there a way that I can load this command in. We kind of inherited the slackware's configuration but now we are stuck with it being our mail server.
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OK fmismetti's answer worked on the Red Hat but did not work on the slackware. I kept getting a Bash: Command not found. Is there a way that I can load this command in. We kind of inherited the slackware's configuration but now we are stuck with it being our mail server.
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by:fmismetti
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Well, normally you have this utility in every plain installation of slackware, under /usr/sbin/userdel. If you have access to a CD containing slackware....

If no, you can remove a user manually, just editing:

/etc/passwd - user account information
/etc/shadow - secure user account information
/etc/group - group information

Remove the entire line containing reference to the user in the first two files and remove reference to the user in the third. Then remove the directory /home/username.

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Don't forget to delete thier mailbox from /var/spool/mail
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