This bug was fixed in the package shadow - 1:4.5-1.1ubuntu2

shadow (1:4.5-1.1ubuntu2) disco; urgency=medium

  * debian/patches/1013_extrausers_deluser.patch
    - add --extrausers option to "userdel" (LP: #1659534)

 -- Michael Vogt <>  Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:32:50

** Changed in: shadow (Ubuntu)
       Status: In Progress => Fix Released

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  userdel doesn't supports extrausers

Status in Snappy:
  In Progress
Status in shadow package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in shadow source package in Xenial:
  In Progress
Status in shadow source package in Bionic:
  In Progress

Bug description:
  - run userdel --extrausers foo on a ubuntu core system

  - low, this option will only take effect when "userdel --extrauser" is used.

  On an Ubuntu Core system is impossible to delete an user from the
  extrausers db:

  root@localhost:/# userdel --extrausers alice
  userdel: unrecognized option '--extrausers'

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