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DELUSER.CONF(5) File Formats Manual DELUSER.CONF(5)


/etc/deluser.conf - configuration file for deluser(8) and delgroup(8).


The file /etc/deluser.conf contains defaults for the programs deluser(8) and delgroup(8). Each option takes the form option = value. Double or single quotes are allowed around the value. Comment lines must have a hash sign (#) at the beginning of the line.

deluser(8) and delgroup(8) also read /etc/adduser.conf, see adduser.conf(5); settings in deluser.conf may overwrite settings made in adduser.conf.

The valid configuration options are:

Removes the home directory and mail spool of the user to be removed. Value may be 0 (don't delete) or 1 (do delete).
Removes all files on the system owned by the user to be removed. If this option is activated REMOVE_HOME has no effect. Values may be 0 or 1.
If REMOVE_HOME or REMOVE_ALL_FILES is activated, all files are backed up before they are removed. The backup file that is created defaults to username.tar(.gz|.bz2) in the directory specified by the BACKUP_TO option. The compression method is chosen to the best that is available. Values may be 0 or 1.
If BACKUP is activated, BACKUP_TO If BACKUP is activated, BACKUP_TO specifies the directory the backup is written to. Default is the current directory.
A list of regular expressions, space separated. All files to be deleted in course of deleting the home directory or user-owned files elsewhere are checked against each of these regular expressions. If a match is detected, the file is not deleted. Default to a list of system directories, leaving only /home. Therefore only files below /home belonging to that specific user are going to be deleted.

Only delete a group if there are no users belonging to this group. Defaults to 0.
A regular expression which describes all file systems which should be excluded when looking for files of a user to be deleted. Defaults to "(proc|sysfs|usbfs|devtmpfs|devpts|afs)".




adduser.conf(5), delgroup(8), deluser(8)

Debian GNU/Linux