How to delete an RKE2 downstream cluster stuck in removing

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SUSE Rancher 2.7.x


In this case, the user decided to delete the downstream cluster while it was still building, causing it to stick in removing in the Rancher UI


The commands below should be executed on the local cluster where Rancher is installed. It will help identify if the deleted downstream cluster is still in the provisioning process, as it was deleted before the provisioning process was complete.
1. To get the name of the stuck cluster

kubectl get

2. To determine if it is in the provisioning process causing it to get stuck

kubectl -n fleet-default get

3. If the cluster is in there then delete it with the command below

kubectl -n fleet-default  delete littletester

4. If it doesn't get deleted then remove the finalize(s) with the below command

kubectl -n fleet-default edit littletester



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  • Document ID:000021228
  • Creation Date: 07-Oct-2023
  • Modified Date:11-Oct-2023
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