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Hmm I'm not too sure then. Do you know what the system you're sshing into is running? What's the output of "whoami", "whereis userdel", and "uname -a"? I'm just grasping at things at this point though, maybe someone else knows what's happening.
Did you su? if so, you need to be using 'su -' to have it get root's environment variables. On my system, userdel is /usr/sbin/userdel which is only in root's path. In any case, you could use the absolute pathname to execute it.
I have two ssh connections open, one in root and on in another one, lets name him "stooge"
I goto the "home" dir. as stooge and do a "ls" and it has stooge userfolder there, and it has another one, lets call him "stud" - I delete him via root user, but he is still there (I try to cd stud - but says permission denied) - how do I get rid of the user & folder of stud (I can't ftp into stud though, and I can't cd stud - either)
I forgot to add, I accidently typed in "userdel stud" instead of "userdel -r stud"
What do I need to do to get the folder stud away?
[root@mydomain root]# userdel -r stud
userdel: warning: /var/spool/mail/stud not owned by stud, not removing
userdel: /home/stud not owned by stud, not removing
[root@mydomain root]# userdel stud
userdel: user stud does not exist