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Posted on 2006-11-01
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Dear Experts,

I'm trying to delete a directory (on W2K box), like this:

      File dummyFile = new File(dirName);
      dummyFile.delete();
      dummyFile = null;

It works at home, but not at my customer's site.  How come?

The .delete is not set up to throw an exception.  Doesn't that seem strange?  Normally, all IO operations do that, right?

Thanks,
BrianMc1958
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Is it empty (won't work otherwise)?
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You can of course tell if it hasn't worked by the fact that it would have returned false
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Oh.  Didn't know it had to be empty.  Also didn't know it returned boolean.  Let me try...
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If it's not

Runtime.getRuntime().exec("cmd.exe /C rmdir /SQ " + dirName);

but be careful with that
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This would be my mistake-of-the-week.  Would have sworn it was working fine.  I'll post a follow up.  Thanks one more time...
--BrianMc1958
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:-)
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It was probably empty when you tried it ;-)
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