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This should be an easy one...Kavar you nailed my earlier batch script question hope you can help with this one.  

I have a webmail directory that has to be cleaned up periodically.  

C:\Mail\Data\Webmail\Usr1
C:\Mail\Data\Webmail\Usr33548
etc....

I need to have a script that will automatically delete ANY folder beginning with the phrase--> Usr

I need to wildcard the number portion because the webmail package greats folders called Usr with random numbers on the end (i.e.   Usr138,  Usr4538 etc).

I need a simple batch script that will...

1.  Delete folders starting with the name -->  Usr   in the  C:\Mail\Data\Webmail  directory

2.  The script should close kill/terminate itself when complete.  

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by:Kavar
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cd C:\Mail\Data\Webmail
for  %%a in (usr*.*) do del %%a
exit
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by:TheBrothaULuv2H8
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Thanks for your quick reply.  I get error...

%%a was not expected at this time.
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by:Kavar
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what os?

remember the spacing is very important...

for[space]%%a[space]in[space](usr*.*)[space]do[space]del[space]%%a


also make sure there are actually files that match the pattern
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by:TheBrothaULuv2H8
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I'm testing this on an XP Pro machine, but when it's ready to rock n roll the script will run on Windows Server 2003.

PS:  I spaced it as you stated and I got same error.  Even tried copying and pasting your exact text (obviously the one that doesn't say [space]) to no avail same error.
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by:Kavar
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hmmm, works on my xp professional....

save it as a .bat file not a .cmd
run it from the start run window
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by:TheBrothaULuv2H8
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No error but the folders still exist.  Am I missing something.  The script completes ok but the folders weren't deleted.
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by:Kavar
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hmmmw thought you wanted files deleted...
change "do del %%a" to "do rd /s %%a"
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also change usr*.* to usr*
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by:TheBrothaULuv2H8
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Still no go even with your mods....

test.bat

cd C:\temp
for %%a in (usr*) do rd /s %%a
exit



I have 3 folders called
Usr1
Usr354689
Usr4287  

All three folders still exist.
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by:Kavar
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cd C:\temp
for %%a in (usr*) do rd /s /q %%a
exit


(must be asking you)
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by:TheBrothaULuv2H8
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Folders still exist.  Even after your last mod here.  
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Kavar earned 600 total points
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fine....(man I am stupid)

cd C:\temp1
for /F %%a in ('dir usr*. /b') do rd /s /q %%a
pause
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by:Kavar
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really sorry about that, with files my original post works fine, with directories the (usr*) doesn't work (it used to work dos 6.0 fine)

so instead we have to execute a command to get the folders to delete, thus the /F and the ('command')
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by:TheBrothaULuv2H8
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That's the winner.  Thank you so much!!  Extra points for your trouble
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