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Manual Reference Pages  -  PTS_REMOVEUSER (1)

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pts_removeuser - Removes a user from a Protection Database group



pts removeuser -user <user name>+ -group <group name>+
[-cell <cell name>] [-noauth] [-localauth] [-force]

pts rem -u <user name>+ -g <group name>+
[-c <cell name>] [-n] [-l] [-f] [-h]


The pts removeuser command removes each user or machine named by the -user argument from each group named by the -group argument.

To add users to a group, use the pts adduser command. To list group membership, use the pts membership command. To remove users from a group and delete the group’s entry completely in a single step, use the pts delete command.


AFS compiles each user’s group membership as he or she authenticates. Any users who have valid tokens when they are removed from a group retain the privileges extended to that group’s members until they discard their tokens or reauthenticate.


-name <user name>+ Specifies the name of each user entry or the IP address (complete or wildcard-style) of each machine entry to remove.
-group <group name>+ Names each group from which to remove members.
-cell <cell name> Names the cell in which to run the command. For more details, see pts(1).
-force Enables the command to continue executing as far as possible when errors or other problems occur, rather than halting execution at the first error.
-help Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.
-localauth Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local /usr/local/etc/openafs/server/KeyFile file. Do not combine this flag with the -cell or -noauth options. For more details, see pts(1).
-noauth Assigns the unprivileged identity anonymous to the issuer. For more details, see pts(1).


The following example removes user smith from the groups staff and staff:finance. Note that no switch names are necessary because only a single instance is provided for the first argument (the username).

   % pts removeuser smith staff staff:finance

The following example removes three machine entries, which represent all machines in the ABC Corporation network, from the group bin-prot:

   % pts removeuser -user -group bin-prot


The required privilege depends on the setting of the fifth privacy flag in the Protection Database for the group named by the -group argument (use the pts examine command to display the flags):
o If it is the hyphen, only the group’s owner and members of the system:administrators group can remove members.
o If it is lowercase r, members of the group can also remove other members.
(It is not possible to set the fifth flag to uppercase R.)


pts(1), pts_adduser(1), pts_examine(1), pts_membership(1), pts_setfields(1)


IBM Corporation 2000. <> All Rights Reserved.

This documentation is covered by the IBM Public License Version 1.0. It was converted from HTML to POD by software written by Chas Williams and Russ Allbery, based on work by Alf Wachsmann and Elizabeth Cassell.

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