The DELETE command performs the following functions:
o Deletes one or more files from a mass storage disk volume (see
subtopic "file"). Included under the DELETE subtopic, file,
is information on the following qualifiers: /BACKUP, /BEFORE,
/BY_OWNER, /CONFIRM, /CREATED, /ERASE, /EXCLUDE, /EXPIRED,
/IGNORE, /LOG, /MODIFIED, /SINCE, /STYLE, /SYMLINK, and /TREE.
o Deletes one or more active bitmaps (see /BITMAP).
(Alpha/Integrity servers only)
o Deletes the definition of a queue characteristic previously
established with the DEFINE/CHARACTERISTIC command (see
o Deletes one or more print or batch jobs. The jobs can be in
progress or waiting in the queue (see /ENTRY).
o Deletes a form (for printer or terminal queues) previously
established with the DEFINE/FORM command (see /FORM).
o Removes an entry from the break-in database (see /INTRUSION_
o Deletes key definitions that have been established by the
DEFINE/KEY command (see /KEY).
o Deletes a specified mailbox (see /MAILBOX). (Alpha/Integrity
o Deletes a print or batch queue created by the INITIALIZE/QUEUE
command, and deletes all the jobs in the queue (see /QUEUE).
o Deletes a queue manager on a node or OpenVMS Cluster system
o Deletes one or all symbol definitions from a local or global
symbol table (see /SYMBOL).
Any displays associated with the DELETE command will show
sizes in blocks or bytes, depending on the current default
setting. You can use SHOW PROCESS/UNITS to display the
current default. To change the default, execute the DCL
command SET PROCESS/UNITS=BYTES or SET PROCESS/UNITS=BLOCKS.