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Cannot drop the database [database_name] because it is being used for replication

Cannot drop the database [database_name] because it is being used for replication

If you ever found yourself in such a bizzare situation, read how to overcome this. Recently I was working in my test environment, trying several things regarding replication. After numerous setups, removals, backups, restores etc, I found mysefl in a situation where:

  • no replication was set up
  • no distribution database was present
  • a former subscriber database was left

Trying to delete the database in question, the error message has come up. “Cannot drop the database [database_name] because it is being used for replication”.¬†Ater trying several commands to remove replication options from the database, delete always failed.

Finally, I managed to delete the database after taking it offline. So this is a way to go.

  1. Take database offline
  2. Delete the database

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