dropuser



DROPUSER(1)             PostgreSQL Client Applications             DROPUSER(1)




NAME

       dropuser - remove a PostgreSQL user account



SYNOPSIS

       dropuser [ option... ]  [ username ]


DESCRIPTION

       dropuser  removes  an  existing PostgreSQL user and the databases which
       that user owned.  Only superusers  (users  with  usesuper  set  in  the
       pg_shadow table) can destroy PostgreSQL users.

       dropuser  is a wrapper around the SQL command DROP USER [drop_user(7)].
       There is no effective difference between dropping users via this  util-
       ity and via other methods for accessing the server.


OPTIONS

       dropuser accepts the following command-line arguments:

       username
              Specifies  the  name  of the PostgreSQL user to be removed.  You
              will be prompted for a name if none is specified on the  command
              line.

       -e

       --echo Echo  the  commands  that  dropuser  generates  and sends to the
              server.

       -i

       --interactive
              Prompt for confirmation before actually removing the user.

       -q

       --quiet
              Do not display a response.


       dropuser also accepts the following command-line arguments for  connec-
       tion parameters:

       -h host

       --host host
              Specifies  the  host  name of the machine on which the server is
              running. If the value begins with a slash, it  is  used  as  the
              directory for the Unix domain socket.

       -p port

       --port port
              Specifies  the  TCP port or local Unix domain socket file exten-
              sion on which the server is listening for connections.

       -U username

       --username username
              User name to connect as (not the user name to drop)

       -W

       --password
              Force password prompt (to connect to the  server,  not  for  the
              password of the user to be dropped).



ENVIRONMENT

       PGHOST

       PGPORT

       PGUSER Default connection parameters


DIAGNOSTICS

       In  case  of  difficulty,  see DROP USER [drop_user(7)] and psql(1) for
       discussions of potential problems and  error  messages.   The  database
       server  must be running at the targeted host. Also, any default connec-
       tion settings and environment variables used  by  the  libpq  front-end
       library will apply.


EXAMPLES

       To remove user joe from the default database server:

       $ dropuser joe
       DROP USER


       To remove user joe using the server on host eden, port 5000, with veri-
       fication and a peek at the underlying command:

       $ dropuser -p 5000 -h eden -i -e joe
       User "joe" and any owned databases will be permanently deleted.
       Are you sure? (y/n) y
       DROP USER "joe"
       DROP USER



SEE ALSO

       createuser(1), DROP USER [drop_user(7)]



Application                       2005-01-17                       DROPUSER(1)

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