Keep original/raw time series data for ever

when using the default retention policy autogen with a duration of “inf” and shared group duration 168h0m0s I assume Influx will not delete any data and keep everything for ever. Right?

Yes, that is correct. inf is an infinite retention period. A new shard will be created every 168hrs (i.e. 7 days), but the data will not be deleted.

@bayendor Regarding infinite retention, even if I have set duration as INF with shard group duration 7days, I see that there is an expiry time for every shard created. Will my data in a particular shard get deleted if it expires?
I’m new to influx and any help would be appreciated