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DROP USER

Name

DROP USER -- remove a database user account

Synopsis

DROP USER name

Description

DROP USER removes the specified user from the database. It does not remove tables, views, or other objects owned by the user. If the user owns any database, an error is raised.

Parameters

name

The name of an existing user.

Diagnostics

DROP USER

The message returned if the user is successfully deleted.

ERROR: DROP USER: user "name" does not exist

This message occurs if the user name is not found.

DROP USER: user "name" owns database "name", cannot be removed

You must drop the database first or change its ownership.

Notes

Use CREATE USER to add new users, and ALTER USER to change a user's attributes. PostgreSQL includes a program dropuser that has the same functionality as this command (in fact, it calls this command) but can be run from the command shell.

Examples

To drop a user account:

DROP USER jonathan;

Compatibility

The DROP USER statement is a PostgreSQL extension. The SQL standard leaves the definition of users to the implementation.

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