Please set the delete.topic.enable=true for all brokers It is correct behavior as move to 'Marked for deletion" after delete the topic. It actual wait for delete as per log.retention.bytes or (delete.retention.ms) No need to restart ZK or Kafka brokers. It will be automatically reflected. You can see the topic using the -list command in "/bin/kafka-topics.sh --list --zookeeper localhost:2181"
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