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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)]