VSAM cluster should be deleted using IDCAMS utility. The DELETE command removes the entry for the specified object(s) from the catalog and optionally removes the object, thereby freeing up the space occupied by the object (in the case of datasets residing on direct access storage).
Delete command is also used to delete Alias, Alternate index, GDG, Non VSAM datasets, pagespace, space, usercatalog.
DELETE data-set-name CLUSTER [ERASE / NOERASE] [FORCE / NOFORCE] [PURGE / NOPURGE] [SCRATCH / NOSCRATCH]
ERASE option is specified to override the ERASE attribute specified for the object in the catalog. NOERASE option is taken by default.
FORCE option is specified to delete the SPACE and USERCATALOG even if they are not empty. NOFORCE option is taken by default.
PURGE option is used to delete the VSAM dataset if dataset has not expired. NOPURGE option is taken by default.
SCRATCH option is specified to remove the associated entry for the object from the Volume Table of Contents. It is mainly used for non-vsam datasets like GDGs. NOSCRATCH option is taken by default.
Let us see an example below for delete cluster.
//JOBNAME1 JOB CLASS=C,PRTY=10,MSGCLASS=C,MSGLEVEL=(1,1),NOTIFY=&SYSUID //* //STEP001 EXEC PGM=IDCAMS //SYSPRINT DD SYSOUT=* //SYSIN DD * DELETE racfid.VSAM.KSDSFILE.TEST CLUSTER PURGE /*
If you execute the above JCL. Job should complete successfully with MAXCC = 0 and It will delete racfid.VSAM.KSDSFILE.TEST VSAM file.
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