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Hi

i am currently using SHFileOperation to manipulate my files... it's OK but too inflexible, for example, it will leave things untidy if i try to delete a directory and its got locked files.

I was wondering if someone has written a better piece of code to delete all files and subdirectories from a directory using Delphi's normal file operations like reset, erase, etc..

This will give me more control in my application, ie i know exactly which files are locked, and handle them later...

Regards
Keith
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dwwang earned 280 total points
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Hope this piece of code helps, it is still crude and may have some errors. It just do recursive search and delete files in a directory.

procedure deleteAll(DirName:string);
var
  DirInfo: TSearchRec;
  r : Integer;
begin
  r := FindFirst(DirName+'\*.*', FaAnyfile, DirInfo);
  while r = 0 do  
    begin
    if DirInfo.Attr and FaDirectory = FaDirectory then
       deleteAll(DirInfo.Name);
    if ((DirInfo.Attr and FaDirectory <> FaDirectory) and
        (DirInfo.Attr and FaVolumeId <> FaVolumeID)) then
       if DeleteFile(pChar(DirName+'\' + DirInfo.Name)) = false then
          ShowMessage('Unable to delete :'+DirName + '\' + DirInfo.Name);
       r := FindNext(DirInfo);
    end;
    SysUtils.FindClose(DirInfo);
    if RemoveDirectory(DirName) = false then
    ShowMessage('Unable to delete direcotry : '+DirName);
end;
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by:dwwang
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Sorry, the 10th statement deleteAll(DirInfo.Name);

should be deleteAll(DirName + '\' + DirInfo.Name);
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Sorry for my boldness, the fully tested version of the procedure should be as:


procedure deleteAll(DirName:string);
var
   DirInfo: TSearchRec;
   r : Integer;
begin
     r := FindFirst(DirName+'\*.*', FaAnyfile, DirInfo);
     while r = 0 do
           begin
           if ((DirInfo.Attr and FaDirectory) = FaDirectory) and (DirInfo.Name<>'.') and (DirInfo.Name<>'..')then
              deleteAll(DirName + '\' + DirInfo.Name);
           if ((DirInfo.Attr and FaDirectory <> FaDirectory) and
               (DirInfo.Attr and FaVolumeId <> FaVolumeID)) then
               if DeleteFile(pChar(DirName+'\' + DirInfo.Name)) = false then
                  ShowMessage('Unable to delete :'+DirName + '\' + DirInfo.Name);
           r := FindNext(DirInfo);
           end;
     SysUtils.FindClose(DirInfo);
     if RemoveDirectory(pchar(DirName)) = false then
        ShowMessage('Unable to delete direcotry : '+DirName);
end;

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dwwang

thanks for that, it works well

Keith
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