Delete a file committed to a WORM state

You can delete a WORM committed file before the expiration date through the privileged delete functionality. This procedure is available only through the command-line interface (CLI).

Before you begin

  • Privileged delete functionality must not be permanently disabled for the SmartLock directory that contains the file.
  • You must either be the owner of the file and have the ISI_PRIV_IFS_WORM_DELETE and ISI_PRIV_NS_IFS_ACCESS privileges, or be logged in through the root user account.


  1. Open a connection to the Isilon cluster through a UNIX command line and log in.
  2. If privileged delete functionality was disabled for the SmartLock directory, modify the directory by running the isi worm domains modify command with the --privileged-delete option.

    The following command enables privileged delete for /ifs/data/SmartLock/directory1:

    isi worm domains modify /ifs/data/SmartLock/directory1 \
    --privileged-delete true
  3. Delete the WORM committed file by running the isi worm files delete command.

    The following command deletes /ifs/data/SmartLock/directory1/file:

    isi worm files delete /ifs/data/SmartLock/directory1/file
    The system displays output similar to the following:
    Are you sure? (yes, [no]):
  4. Type yes and then press ENTER.