GROUPDEL(8) System Management Commands GROUPDEL(8)

groupdel - Supprimer un groupe

groupdel [options] GROUP

The groupdel command modifies the system account files, deleting all entries that refer to GROUP. The named group must exist.

The options which apply to the groupdel command are:

-f, --force

This option forces the removal of the group, even if there's some user having the group as the primary one.

-h, --help

Afficher un message d'aide et quitter.

-R, --root CHROOT_DIR

Apply changes in the CHROOT_DIR directory and use the configuration files from the CHROOT_DIR directory. Only absolute paths are supported.

-P, --prefix PREFIX_DIR

Apply changes in the PREFIX_DIR directory and use the configuration files from the PREFIX_DIR directory. This option does not chroot and is intended for preparing a cross-compilation target. Some limitations: NIS and LDAP users/groups are not verified. PAM authentication is using the host files. No SELINUX support.

Vous ne pouvez pas supprimer le groupe primaire d'un utilisateur existant. Vous devez supprimer l'utilisateur auparavant.

Vous devriez vérifier vous-même qu'aucun fichier possédé par le groupe ne subsiste sur tous les systèmes de fichiers.

The following configuration variables in /etc/login.defs change the behavior of this tool:


Informations sur les groupes.


Informations sécurisées sur les groupes.

The groupdel command exits with the following values:




invalid command syntax


specified group doesn't exist


can't remove user's primary group


can't update group file

chfn(1), chsh(1), passwd(1), gpasswd(8), groupadd(8), groupmod(8), useradd(8), userdel(8), usermod(8).

01/04/2024 shadow-utils 4.15.1