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NAME

       dropdb - remove a PostgreSQL database

SYNOPSIS

       dropdb [ option... ]  dbname

DESCRIPTION

       dropdb  destroys an existing PostgreSQL database.  The user who executes this command must
       be a database superuser or the owner of the database.

       dropdb is a wrapper around the SQL command DROP DATABASE [drop_database(7)].  There is  no
       effective difference between dropping databases via this utility and via other methods for
       accessing the server.

OPTIONS

       dropdb accepts the following command-line arguments:

       dbname Specifies the name of the database to be removed.

       -e

       --echo Echo the commands that dropdb generates and sends to the server.

       -i

       --interactive
              Issues a verification prompt before doing anything destructive.

       dropdb also accepts the following command-line arguments for connection parameters:

       -h host

       --host host
              Specifies the host name of the machine on which the server is running. If the value
              begins with a slash, it is used as the directory for the Unix domain socket.

       -p port

       --port port
              Specifies  the  TCP  port  or  local Unix domain socket file extension on which the
              server is listening for connections.

       -U username

       --username username
              User name to connect as.

       -w

       --no-password
              Never issue a password prompt. If the server requires password authentication and a
              password  is  not  available  by other means such as a .pgpass file, the connection
              attempt will fail. This option can be useful in batch jobs  and  scripts  where  no
              user is present to enter a password.

       -W

       --password
              Force dropdb to prompt for a password before connecting to a database.

              This  option  is  never  essential,  since  dropdb  will automatically prompt for a
              password if the server demands password authentication.  However, dropdb will waste
              a  connection  attempt finding out that the server wants a password.  In some cases
              it is worth typing -W to avoid the extra connection attempt.

ENVIRONMENT

       PGHOST

       PGPORT

       PGUSER Default connection parameters

       This utility, like most other PostgreSQL utilities, also uses  the  environment  variables
       supported by libpq (see in the documentation).

DIAGNOSTICS

       In case of difficulty, see DROP DATABASE [drop_database(7)] and psql(1) for discussions of
       potential problems and error messages.   The  database  server  must  be  running  at  the
       targeted host. Also, any default connection settings and environment variables used by the
       libpq front-end library will apply.

EXAMPLES

       To destroy the database demo on the default database server:

       $ dropdb demo

       To destroy the database demo using the server on host eden, port 5000,  with  verification
       and a peek at the underlying command:

       $ dropdb -p 5000 -h eden -i -e demo
       Database "demo" will be permanently deleted.
       Are you sure? (y/n) y
       DROP DATABASE demo;

SEE ALSO

       createdb(1), DROP DATABASE [drop_database(7)]