NEWBIE: Delete of directory seems to fail

Posted on 2006-11-01
Last Modified: 2010-03-31
Dear Experts,

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

      File dummyFile = new File(dirName);
      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?

Question by: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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ID: 17850785
Oh.  Didn't know it had to be empty.  Also didn't know it returned boolean.  Let me try...
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ID: 17850839
If it's not

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

but be careful with that

Author Comment

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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...
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It was probably empty when you tried it ;-)

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