[rabbitmq-discuss] Deleting all queues in rabbitmq.

Simon MacMullen simon at rabbitmq.com
Tue Oct 29 11:14:57 GMT 2013

On 29/10/13 10:05, Emile Joubert wrote:
> Don't try to delete queues by modifying the contents of the data store
> on disk.

Yeah, seriously, this.

Another option for deleting all queues (since 3.2.0) is to define a 
policy which gives every queue a very short expiry.

$ rabbitmqctl set_policy deleter ".*" '{"expires":1}' --apply-to queues

Then - assuming your queues are unused, which I assume is why you're 
deleting them - this will expire them near-immediately. Remember to 
delete the policy again afterwards, or you'll struggle to declare 

$ rabbitmqctl clear_policy deleter

Cheers, Simon

Simon MacMullen
RabbitMQ, Pivotal

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