Delete space failed error when trying to delete a space within Confluence

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The error "Delete space failed" is shown in the user interface when a user tries to delete a space within Confluence. The following appears in the atlassian-confluence.log

ERROR [Long running task: Space removal long running task] [atlassian.event.internal.AsynchronousAbleEventDispatcher] run There was an exception thrown trying to dispatch event '[source=com.atlassian.confluence.spaces.DefaultSpaceManager@4836e98b]' from the invoker 'SingleParameterMethodListenerInvoker
action: doremovespace
java.lang.RuntimeException: Hibernate operation: could not delete: [com.atlassian.confluence.pages.Attachment#]; SQL []; ORA-02292: integrity constraint (WIKI.FK9DC3E34D34A4917E) violated - child record found
; nested exception is java.sql.SQLIntegrityConstraintViolationException: ORA-02292: integrity constraint (WIKI.FK9DC3E34D34A4917E) violated - child record found


There are still some attachment references in the attachmentdata table relating to the space getting deleted. This causes the following constraint to fail:

ALTER TABLE attachmentdata
  ADD CONSTRAINT fk9dc3e34d34a4917e FOREIGN KEY (attachmentid)
      REFERENCES content (contentid) MATCH SIMPLE



The workaround is to delete these related entries in the attachmentdata table prior to running the delete function. Since you are planning to delete the space, deleting the related entries will make sure the constraint does not fail.

  • Note: Make sure to update the space key at the end of the query with the space key for the problematic space. 

    delete from attachmentdata where attachmentid in (select a.attachmentid from attachments a join content c on a.pageid=c.contentid join spaces s on c.spaceid=s.spaceid where s.spacekey='SPACEKEY');

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Last modified on Apr 7, 2016

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