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Delete orphaned pages

Patrick Vanhoof Mar 31, 2014


A user deleted a page with many subpages. All these subpages are now orphaned pages. How can I easily delete them all? Or is that not possible, do I have to delete them one by one?

I do not want to mess in the database.

Would a restore of the parent page from trash help?



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Rodrigo Adami Atlassian Team Mar 31, 2014

Hi Patrick,

Since the root page was deleted, I believe that even restoring it would not restore the page tree structure and you'll need to set that again.

There might be a way to remove all pages automatically from the database, but that I wouldn't advise since some SQL error can cause a huge problem.

To see all orphaned pages, you can go to the space admin, content tools and orphaned pages. This documentation explains a bit more.

I think that you'll need to remove the child page one by one, or create a new space and move all the pages you want to that space, removing the space in the end. That may mitigate the work to remove the pages. :)



Patrick Vanhoof Apr 01, 2014

It would be a nice feature though :-)

Rodrigo Adami Atlassian Team Apr 01, 2014

Hi Patrick,

I was searching in Atlassian bug tracker and I could find this feature one:

I recommend to vote and watch it for future updates. ;)



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Steffen Heller Apr 01, 2014


If you want to delete different subpages in one go (next time!), have a look at the following discussion and check out my instruction there:

Patrick Vanhoof Apr 02, 2014

That's indeed a good work around. Thanks.

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