I believe you are trying to clean retained messages from topics like the following by only providing the topic prefix
foo/bar foo/bar/sensordata foo/bar/temperature foo/whatever foo/this/is/a/long/nested/topic
Well I got an workaround. The trick is simple. Subscribe to topics using wildcard, then put a timer in
on_message method. Everytime a message arrives at
on_message function, send NULL byte to that topic. Also update the timer previously taken.
If no message arrives in a threshold amount of time, stop MQTT loop and exit the program.
#!/usr/bin/python # Written by Minhaz [mdminhazulhaque.io] import sys import time import paho.mqtt.client as mqtt start = time.time() def on_message(mqttc, userdata, msg): global start start = time.time() if msg.payload == "" : print "Cleaned", msg.topic return mqttc.publish(msg.topic, None, 2, True) def main(argv): host = "hostname" port = 1883 topic = "foo" username = "user" password = "pass" threshold = 3 # seconds if topic == None: print("You must provide a topic to clear.\n") print_usage() sys.exit(2) mqttc = mqtt.Client() mqttc.on_message = on_message if username: mqttc.username_pw_set(username, password) mqttc.connect(host, port) mqttc.subscribe(topic + "/#", 2) while True: mqttc.loop() if time.time() - start > threshold: mqttc.disconnect() break if __name__ == "__main__": main(sys.argv[1:])