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

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

  * debian/patches/1013_extrausers_deluser.patch
    - add --extrausers option to "userdel" (LP: #1659534)
  * debian/patches/2000_fix-su-pam-env-handling.
    - fix "su -l" to correctly use pam_getenvlist (LP: #984390)

 -- Michael Vogt <>  Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:05:38

** Changed in: shadow (Ubuntu Bionic)
       Status: Fix Committed => 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:
  Fix Committed
Status in shadow source package in Bionic:
  Fix Released

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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