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Posted on 2006-10-19
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I am trying to delete folder on FTP server with two files inside. The procedure is the following:

  1. Enter the folder;
  2. Delete the frist file (big one);
  3. Delete the second file (small one)
  4. Leave the folder
  5. Delete the folder

I always receive the message that folder is not empty (the big file is still there)! I am using Indy TIdFTP component from Delphi/C++ Builder:

  ChangeDir (FolderName);
  Delete (FileName1);
  Delete (FileName2);
  ChangeDirUp;
  RemoveDir (FolderName);

If I make a longer pause before RemoveDir method everything is OK! I tried to insert a loop before ChangeFolderUp method which checked if folder is empty once a second. After about 25 seconds the file was finaly deleted and everything finished OK!?!

TotalCommander finishes job fast, an there is nothing inside its log different from this I already did (except TC first tried to delete non-empty folder (RMD) and to delete it like it was file (DELE) prior to entering the folder and deleting its files.

Any idea what should I do to make it work fast?
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by:thundt2
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I'd try not ChangeDiring into that folder, and instead deleting foldername + filename.  In other words, eliminate steps 1 and 4 from your list.  (Perhaps the ftp server is slow to realize you aren't still visiting the folder.)
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by:adlabac
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Thank you for the answer!

Actually, I did it like you said the first time. Since it did not work, I tried to enter/leave folder just to be sure that I am not inside. Total comander does it the same way - enters, gets list of files, deletes every file, leaves and, finally, it deletes the folder.
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by:thundt2
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The next thing I would try is look for a log from the ftp daemon -- see if it has more details on what you are doing vs what Commander is doing.
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by:adlabac
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Yes, I thought of that. The problem is that it is some non-standard FTP server in modified Windows version (by Ericsson), and I cannot find any configuration utility to enable logging... I will try to trace it with Ethereal today.
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by:adlabac
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I finally found the cause of the problem. Unfortunately there was no right solution, just a workaround.

What I discovered is that there is a problem only if I download the file first! If not, the file is deleted instantly! The same is with Total Commander, as well - If I firstly download (large) file it says that it is deleted OK, but it is still in the folder for some time (usually 20-30 seconds). I even tried to disconnect and reconnect after downloading, bit problem remained.

I am, right not, waiting for folder to be empty before deleting it. If nobody has the some idea, this question should be closed.
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