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useradd and userdel

Posted on 2014-04-06
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I performed a useradd, but wanted to start over

So I performed a userdel

Now when I try to use the useradd on that same ID, I get the following

[root@mmclnt1 test]# useradd usern
Creating mailbox file: File exists

What I want is to be able to perform the useradd again, after previously deleting it, and NOT get the mailbox warning

How can I do this, is there some option I need on userdel ?
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Question by:Anthony Lucia
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woolmilkporc earned 250 total points
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Use the "-r" flag of "userdel":

userdel -r usern

From "man userdel" (emphasis mine):
-r, --remove
    Files in the user's home directory will be removed along with the home directory itself and the user's mail spool.
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by:Mysidia
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rm /var/spool/mail/oldusername
rm -rf /home/oldusername
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