Pods are stuck with a 'Terminating' or 'Unknown' status and cannot be deleted using 'oc delete pods' even with '--grace-period=0' and '--force' options

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  • There are pods that can not be deleted.
  • One or more pods are stuck in 'Terminating' state.
  • One or more pods are stuck in 'Unknown' state.
  • Deleting pods with the parameters '--grace-period=0' and '--force options' does not remove pods with 'Terminating' or 'Unknown' status. For example, 'oc delete pods somepod-123 --grace-period=0 --force'.


  • OpenShift Container Platform
    • OCP 3.7
    • OCP 3.9

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