Delete file on boot up

Posted on 2005-03-14
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Is there a way to get Win XP to delete a file on boot up? In the older versions I could add "del c:\Documents and Settings\cjsa\Desktop\access.log" to the autoexec.bat file and it would delete the file before I got into the desktop & the file was in use.

I tried adding that line to the autoexec.nt file but it ignores it.

The access.log file is created by my abyss webserver and is in use as soon as windows enters the desktop, what I want is every time I restart the system it deletes the file & then when it gets to the desktop the Abyss server will create it again.
Question by:cjsasl
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or sctipt the use of "KillBox" on the file

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If you don't actually want to delete it every time you reboot, you could always just disable the appropriate services, reboot the server and then the file shouldn't be locked.  You may not even need to reboot the server, sometimes stopping the service is enough.  You would then be able to archive your logs, which I have always believed is preferable to simply deleting them.  You might want the info some day.
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You could also take the command you already use and create your own batch file such as cleanup.bat and store it somewhere on your computer.  Then go to Start>Run>Gpedit.msc to modify your local group policy.  Go under Computer Configuration>Windows Settings>Scripts>Startup script and add your batch file here.  Every time you start your computer it will run the batch file like Autoexec.bat did.  Your computer will be running when it runs but no user will be logged in.  It may or may not work in your case.

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Thanks everyone for your replies.

Shoot, I wanted to give Eagle6990 1/2 credit for the solution here.
Is there anyway I can do this now?

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