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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]
[-help] [-auth] [-encrypt] [-config <config directory>]

pts rem -u <user name>+ -g <group name>+
[-c <cell name>] [-n] [-l] [-f] [-h]
[-a] [-e] [-co <config directory>]


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.


Specifies the name of each user entry or the IP address (complete or wildcard-style) of each machine entry to remove.
Names each group from which to remove members.
Use the calling user's tokens to communicate with the Protection Server. For more details, see pts(1).
Names the cell in which to run the command. For more details, see pts(1).
Use an alternate config directory. For more details, see pts(1).
Encrypts any communication with the Protection Server. For more details, see pts(1).
Enables the command to continue executing as far as possible when errors or other problems occur, rather than halting execution at the first error.
Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.
Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local /etc/openafs/server/KeyFile file. Do not combine this flag with the -cell or -noauth options. For more details, see pts(1).
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 Example 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):

  • If it is the hyphen, only the group's owner and members of the system:administrators group can remove members.
  • 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)


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2021-01-14 OpenAFS