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Deleting Directories

Posted on 1997-05-01
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Here is the text of my posting on comp.lang.pascal.delphi.misc:

Hey Delphiers:

I'm hoping this is trivial and that I've just overlooked something
obvious, but here's my problem:

I'm looking to clear out and delete directory structures from Delphi
and I've run into the limitation that RmDir only works on empty
directories. I can write a batch file to perform the function in DOS
and do it that way but then I get an annoying black screen flash. I
implemented a TFileListBox component to first delete all the files
in a directory but then the RmDir fails because it says that the
directory is busy. I've tried freeing the TFileListBox before doing
this but it didn't seem to help. It might also be complicated by
the fact that I've compiled this as a DLL and so the caller app
might somehow be tying the file up...

Anyway, is there an easier way all around to do this?
I sure hope so...  Thanx in advance for any advice y'all have...

- Bob

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I received one good response from Rod Geraghty
(GERA-Tech - Ottawa, Canada -gerarod@ibm.net)
which recommended I use the SHFileOpStruct structure
to move, rename or delete entire directories...
Unfortunately this seems to work only for Windows95 and
not to be an option for NT.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance...
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alona041797 earned 100 total points
ID: 1335850
Create a recursive procedure that removes all files and recurses directories:

Procedure removedir(path:string);

procedure deletefile(n:string);
  var f:file;
  begin
    assignfile(f,n);
    erase(f);
  end;

var sr:tsearchrec;
    n:word;
begin
  n:=findfirst(path+'*.*',faAnyFile,sr);
  while n=0 do begin
    if sr.name[1]<>'.' then begin
      if s.attr and fadirectory = fadirectory then
        removedir(path+s.name+'\')
      else deletefile(path+s.name);
    end;
    n:=findnext(s);
  end;
  rmdir(s);
end;
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by:alona041797
ID: 1335851
This wasn't checked, maybe there are some small syntax errors...
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by:sidarthur
ID: 1335852
As Alona indicated, there were a few small bugs that needed to be
fixed, as well as a not so minor one regarding the proper freeing
of memory used in the recursive procedure (a FindClose(sr) was
required to make it work) but overall I was impressed with the
speed of the answer.
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