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Jan 28, 2021 2 mins

Error: cannot re-use a name that is still in use while installing xyz using helm

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When you're setting up a web app with helm charts and see "cannot re-use a name still in use it means you're trying to use a name that's already taken. Think of it like trying to use a username someone else has. Helm, a tool to help manage Kubernetes apps, won't let you use the same name twice for stuff it handles.

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Error: cannot re-use a name that is still in use while installing xyz using helm

Why is This Error?

The error “Error: cannot re-use a name that is still in use” in Helm occurs when attempting to install a Helm chart with a release name that is already in use within the same namespace. Helm release names must be unique within a namespace, and attempting to install a chart with a release name that is already in use will result in this error.

Here’s a breakdown of the error message

cannot re-use a name that is still in use: Specifies that the release name you are trying to use is already in use by an existing Helm release.

while installing xyz using Helm: Provides context about the specific Helm operation during which the error occurred. In this case, it is during the installation of a chart named “xyz.”

To resolve this issue

Choose a Unique Release Name

Select a different and unique release name for the Helm chart installation. Helm release names are used to identify and manage releases within a Kubernetes namespace, so each release must have a distinct name.

List Existing Releases

Use the following Helm command to list the existing releases in the namespace:

helm list -n <namespace>

Identify the existing releases and choose a release name that is not currently in use.

Uninstall Existing Release

If the release name is associated with an existing release that you no longer need, consider uninstalling it using:

helm uninstall <release-name> -n <namespace>

Replace <release-name> with the name of the existing release and <namespace> with the desired Kubernetes namespace.

Check Namespace Scope

Ensure that you are working within the correct Kubernetes namespace. Helm release names are scoped to a specific namespace, so make sure you are installing the chart in the intended namespace.

By selecting a unique release name or uninstalling an existing release with the conflicting name, you should be able to resolve the “Error: cannot re-use a name that is still in use” issue during Helm chart installation.


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    Danielle Carline

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    Follow these steps to resolve “Error: cannot re-use a name that is still in use” error.

    helm hist <releasename> -n <namespace> kubectl get secrets  -n <namespace> kubectl delete secrets sh.helm.release.v1.name.<version> -n <namespace>
    

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