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Cant delete Project that has no Repositories


I have a Project called "Untitled project".  The Project page says

"A new home for your brilliant idea

Now that you've got a project, let's bring in some repos and get cracking."

There are NO repos.  

I click on "Project settings" and then click on "Delete project"  but the pop-up says

"You cannot delete this project because it still contains repositories. To delete the project you must first move or delete any repositories."

Any thoughts on what I am doing wrong?

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I think I have worked out what the problem is.   I found a repository created using Mercurial. BitBucket no longer supports Mercurial repositories. So the repository cannot be deleted (and isn't even listed if you go into the Projects listing).  As a consequence, the project itself cannot be deleted.

Dave Liao Community Leader Nov 17, 2020

Whoa, good sleuthing! I can escalate this to Atlassian Support to help delete your project - unless you already have an open support ticket with them?

Thanks Dave - that would be great (I will have to learn how to create a ticket!).  I have no need for the old mercurial repository. It will have nothing of value in it.  It would have been created when I first dabbled in using Bitbucket  (I have been using Mercurial - via TortoiseHg  for some time  - obviously I am revisiting BitBucket to try and conquer my fear of the unknown.)

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Dave Liao Community Leader Nov 17, 2020


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Just fyi    the name of the repo that can be deleted  is bbs_82f755_hg 

From my (failing) memory, the bbs  stood for Bridge Bidding Systems. I play bridge and was creating a database of various systems (what bids mean etc).   But I will have that info elsewhere.

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Dave Liao Community Leader Nov 17, 2020

@brian_goulter  - that's a weird one.

Try associating a repo to your project, then un-associate that repo. Then try deleting the project again?

Hi Dave

Thanks for the answer (and as you were writing your answer, I think I found the cause of the problem).

I had already tried your suggestion (made a repo, removed it so that again there were no repo's listed).

But this is the sort of "try this ..." suggestion that us newbies need.

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Dave Liao Community Leader Nov 17, 2020

Obviously a reply like mine shouldn't be the answer long-term. ;-p

From my experience,   I try a dozen different things.  Finally, something works,   but then I can't work out which of the things I did were necessary  (and did they have to be done in a certain order...).   It makes it hard to offer recommendations to others!

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