EPrints 2.2 Documentation - erase_archive command


erase_archive - Erase all database tables and files associated with an EPrint archive


erase_archive archiveid [options]


This script completely erases the archive contents, including all database tables and eprint document files and the web site. After running this, the metadata configuration can be safely updated and the creation scripts run again.

Without the --force option, this script asks for confirmation before actually erasing anything.

After this script you will need to run create_tables before you can use the archive.


The ID of the eprint archive to use.


Print a brief help message and exit.

Print the full manual page and then exit.

Be vewwy vewwy quiet. This option will supress all output unless an error occurs.

Explain in detail what is going on. May be repeated for greater effect.

Output version information and exit.

Don't ask before making the changes.

Don't delete the database tables.

Don't erase the document and website files.

--rootpass password
This option allows you to specify the MySQL root password, which will skip the bit where you get asked for it. It's not very secure to put a root password on the command line. Consider yourself warned...


This script assumes that the root mysql user is called root.

You may run into problems if your mysql install is not on the same machine as EPrints. If this happens use --noerasefiles and delete and recreate the database yourself.

You can specify --noerasedb and --noerasefiles at the same time, but that's really stupid, as then nothing will happen.


This is part of this EPrints 2 system. EPrints 2 is developed by Christopher Gutteridge.


EPrints Version: 2.2.1


For more information goto http://www.eprints.org/ which give information on mailing lists and the like.

Chris Gutteridge may be contacted at support@eprints.org

Should you need a real world address for some reason, EPrints can be contacted in the real world at

 EPrints c/o Christopher Gutteridge
 Department of Electronics and Computer Science
 University of Southampton
 SO17 1BJ
 United Kingdom


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 EPrints 2.2 Documentation - erase_archive command