[Archivesspace_Users_Group] How to delete a populated repository?

Chris Fitzpatrick Chris.Fitzpatrick at lyrasis.org
Thu Mar 26 09:35:02 EDT 2015

Hi Mark,

I wrote this script last summer to do this:


It's ruby and you'll have to have a rest_client and highline gems installed...

Does that work for you? 


Chris Fitzpatrick | Developer, ArchivesSpace
Skype: chrisfitzpat  | Phone: 918.236.6048

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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] How to delete a populated repository?


Does anyone know how to delete a populated repository?  (We
inadvertently clicked the wrong thing while performing a migration which
set in stone our previously-pushed-through erroneous recordset.)

I tried to Delete, but it won't delete a repository if it is populated.
I tried to simply move that repository, transferring its content into a
dummy repository for the time being.  No joy.  ("There was an error")
I reran the ./scripts/setup-database.sh script hoping it might drop each
table before recreating/reinitializing.  No joy.
I attempted to Drop tables individually but can't because of foreign key

The only other thing I can think to do is to drop, then recreate, the
whole DB schema in MySQL (which, insofar as I don't have root access
there, I can't do).

I kind of expected the Delete button would delete the repository --
including all its content -- and not leave behind any orphans in the
backend database?

How can I delete this pesky repository?!

Advice much appreciated,



Mark Cyzyk, M.A., M.L.S.
Scholarly Communication Architect
User Interface Applications Group
The Sheridan Libraries
The Johns Hopkins University
mcyzyk at jhu.edu

Verba volant, scripta manent.

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