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How to delete multiple instances ( bulk delete ) via curl or cli ?

asked 2014-09-18 09:04:19 -0500

neerbeer gravatar image

I've been doing testing and spinning up 100s of VMs via nova boot and through horizon.

Is there an way to do a bulk delete of multiple VMs ?

'nova delete $id ' only acts on one VM at a time. And horizon only allows 20 or so deletes at a time and I'd like to know how to do this without having to increase the horizon variable that will show 100 VMs per page.

AHA ( any help apprec )


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answered 2014-09-18 10:58:01 -0500

larsks gravatar image

This is more correct (and possibly faster, since it doesn't rely on a for loop):

nova list | awk '$2 && $2 != "ID" {print $2}' | xargs -n1 nova delete

In particular, the solution from dbxs uses the "name" field. If there are multiple instances with the same name, the "nova delete" operation will fali with:

Multiple server matches found for 'c0', use an ID to be more specific.
ERROR: Unable to delete any of the specified servers.
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answered 2016-08-23 18:30:13 -0500

If using the unified openstack client you can do:

openstack server list -c ID -f value | xargs -n1 openstack server delete

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answered 2014-09-18 09:27:01 -0500

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updated 2014-09-18 11:13:10 -0500

[root@icehouse1 ~(keystone_boris)]# cat ./test01
for V in `nova list | awk '{print $4}' | grep -v ^N | grep -v ^$`
echo $V ;
nova delete $V ;

Another version ( fixed per notice larsks)

[root@icehouse1 ~(keystone_boris)]# cat ./test01
for V in `nova list | awk '{print $2}' | grep -v ^ID | grep -v ^$`
echo $V ;
nova delete $V;
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