Remove a Sphinx documentation project from production#

To delete published content from the nexus, make the following configuration changes to the landing page, nexus-control repository, and the content store:

  1. Update the landing page index to delete the title from the html source.

    If you are removing a category, remove any associated sections or headings. For details, see the landing page contribution guidelines.

  2. To prevent 404 errors from existing links and bookmarks, update the rewrites.json file to add a redirect rule.

    • If the content has been moved to an external site, redirect the old URL to the URL on the new site.
    • If the content is no longer available, redirect the old URL to a logical reference point like the home page for the documentation collection. If necessary, you can add a page or topic to explain the content removal so that you can redirect links from the legacy content to the explanation.
  3. Delete content that has already been deployed to

Housekeeping tasks#

Update the nexus control configuration to remove references to obsolete projects.

  1. Remove any project-specific entries from the nexus-control content mapping (content.d) and template (route.d) JSON files.

    You don’t have to update these files if your project is configured in a group unless you want to remove the whole group. For example, to stop publishing all Rackspace Private Cloud v11 projects, delete the content mapping for the v11 branch of the docs-rpc GitHub repository. If you want to stop mapping private cloud content, remove the docs/private-cloud entry from the template file.

  2. If you are removing an entire repository or branch within a repository, edit the Strider build job inventory in the content-repositories.json file to remove the GitHub repository or branch name.

Delete content from nexus content store#

Use these instructions to delete content that has been deployed to a production site managed by the nexus control repository.


List content#

Before deleting content in production, it’s a good idea to make sure you know what you’re about to delete. You can list the content IDs that are currently present in Nexus by visiting the content endpoint.

List content IDs that begin with a specific base by providing a URL-encoded ?prefix= parameter as shown in the following example:>`_

Results are returned 100 at a time. You can paginate (awkwardly) by adding &pageNumber=2 to the end of the URL. The full documentation is in content service README.

Delete content#

Delete individual envelopes by submitting a cURL DELETE request to the content service API, using the URL-encoded content ID:

export APIKEY="..."

curl -X DELETE \
     -H "Authorization: deconst ${APIKEY}" \

(You can copy and paste the /content/... bit from the url key in the search results in your browser.)

To bulk delete all envelopes beneath a content ID base that you’ve removed or renamed, specify the ?prefix=true parameter:

export APIKEY="..."

curl -X DELETE \
     -H "Authorization: deconst ${APIKEY}" \

The documentation for this endpoint is also in the content service README.