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Solving the "A space with key XX already exists" error ?

Fanny Tastet January 2, 2024

Hi Confluence lovers, 

I have to delete and re-import spaces with the same key quite often in my Confluence site. 

Lately, it happended quite a few times that even throught I first delete my space, when I try to import a space with the same key XX, I got the error "A space with key XX already exists". 

Somehow, it seems that a very simple workaround exists ( at least it works all the time for me, but I am eager to know if it is the same for the other users !). 

 I simply go to the list of all spaces, go to the "Trashed" spaces and click on "Delete permanantly".

 2024-01-02 15_32_30-Spaces - Confluence.png

And then my import is working. Is that working for you guys as well ? ;)

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Fanny Tastet January 4, 2024

Hi @Rebekka Heilmann _viadee_ :) and thanks for your answer !

Actually I called it "a workaround" because I have had to delete/reimport spaces for some time now and I only experienced this error since last month... Then at first I thought it was a bug and contacted support, but the only solution they gave was an action on their side ;) and than I found out this was working. 

And about my use case, we are buiding a customer documentation in an internal Confluence site but our IT department head does't want anonymous access on this site for customers ( it could lead to mistakes , and we also don't want customers to see the documentation while it is draft). 

Then we decided to have 2 separated Confluence sites, one internal where we build the documentation and one external where I transfer the documentation once it is validated, usually every month. Hope this is clear ! ;)

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Rebekka Heilmann _viadee_
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January 2, 2024

It's not really a "workaround" however it is the correct solution if you want to "reimport" your spaces.

A space is - as you found out- moved to the trash before deleted permanently ergo still exists in your Confluence. Hence you cannot create another space with the same key.

I am wondering though, what your use case for deleting and reimporting is..?

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