Deleting indices does not give back disk space

hi all

We are running, Logstash, Elastic Search and Kibana all on the same server. We use it to review log/alert data. We only care about the last 7 days worth of data. As our hard disk is starting to fill up I'd like to delete older data.

I have followed the docs to list all the Index. They are all of the form
I have been able to delete the older Indices using this method:

curl -XDELETE 'localhost:9200/logstash-2015.05.1*?pretty'

And also using Curator

I can see that the indices have been deleted. But I don't have any more free disk space, can somebody explain?



It might not be immediate, but require a bit before the OS purges them. How long did you wait? Also, were the indices local? Some of the shards and replicas might have been on other machines, so the amount of space freed up would be distributed.