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We created a test publication a while ago. I want to delete it but find this error message. What is the best way to get rid of a publication no longer needed?

It is not possible to delete a Publication that contains published items.

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You need to remove all its references and dependencies before you can delete it.

  • Unpublish everything that you have published from this publication considering all the Publication Targets -
  • See the blueprinting hierarchy, and update if this test publication is a parent of any publication - You need to update the child publication's blueprinting so that this test publication is no longer a parent of it

After doing above two steps, try to delete and if you still face problem, share the message.

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Click on the publication, then: Right-Click -> Publishing -> UnPublish. This should unpublish everything that was published from this publication to whatever targets you configured to use it. – Nuno Linhares Jan 10 '14 at 18:41
Thank you, Nuno! It works like a charm. I am glad that it is so easy. – charles Jan 10 '14 at 19:27
FYI, in a later version, specifically 2013 SP1, you can decommission a publication target via the API. TOM.NET has PublishEngine.DecommissionPublicationTarget and the Core Service uses DecommissionPublicationTarget. This would also let you delete a publication in case there are issues with unpublishing. – Alvin Reyes Jan 10 '14 at 22:59
Thanks Alvin for sharing this information. – Pankaj Gaur Jan 11 '14 at 4:27

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