Cannot Delete a File System

Troubleshoot issues deleting a file system.

Symptom: Deleting a file system fails.

Cause 1: The file system has exports in one or more mount targets. Before you can delete a file system, all of its exports must first be deleted.

Solution 1: Delete all of the file system's exports, then delete the file system. See To delete a file system for instructions.

Cause 2: The file system is the root of a clone tree. Before you can delete the root of a clone tree, all of its descendant clones must first be deleted.

Solution 2: Locate and delete all of the file system's descendant clones:
  1. Visit the file system Details page and note down the file system OCID. See To view file system details.
  2. Use the Command Line Interface (CLI) to list all of the file system's clones. Use the following command, and replace <parent_filesystem_id> with the file system OCID you obtained in step 1. For more information about using the CLI, see Command Line Interface (CLI).
    oci fs file-system list --availability-domain <target_availability_domain> --compartment-id <target_compartment_id> --parent-filesystem-id <parent_filesystem_id>
  3. Delete all of the file systems in the resulting output list.
  4. Delete the parent file system.

You can also use the API to locate all of the file systems with a specified parent. For more information, see ListFileSystems .

Cause 3: Clones or siblings of the file system are currently being deleted.

Solution 3: Wait until the clones or siblings have all finished deleting, and then try again.

Cause 4: The file system is currently being cloned.

Solution 4: Wait until the clone operation succeeds, and then try again.

For general information, see Cloning File Systems and Managing File Systems.