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Linux / Unix Command: groupadd

Command Library 1


groupadd - Create a new group


groupadd [-g gid [-o]] [-r] [-f] group


The groupadd command creates a new group account using the values specified on the command line and the
default values from the system. The new group will be entered into the system files as needed. The options which
apply to the groupadd command are

-g gid
The numerical value of the group's ID. This value must be unique, unless the -o option is used. The value
must be non-negative. The default is to use the smallest ID value greater than 500 and greater than every
other group. Values between 0 and 499 are typically reserved for system accounts.

This flag instructs groupadd to add a system account. The first available gid lower than 499 will be
automatically selected unless the -g option is also given on the command line.
This is an option added by Red Hat.

This is the force flag. This will cause groupadd to exit with an error when the group about to be added
already exists on the system. If that is the case, the group won't be altered (or added again).
This option also modifies the way -g option works. When you request a gid that it is not unique and you don't
specify the -o option too, the group creation will fall back to the standard behavior (adding a group as if
neither -g or -o options were specified).
This is an option added by Red Hat.


chfn(1), chsh(1), passwd(1), groupdel(8), groupmod(8), useradd(8), userdel(8), usermod(8)

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