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NEWBIE: How to delete all files in a directory? (W2k)

Posted on 2006-11-01
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Dear Experts,

Is there a simple way to delete all files in a W2K directory, without actually getting a list of all names and looping?

Thanks,
BrianMc1958
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Runtime.getRuntime().exec("cmd.exe /C rmdir /SQ " + dirName);

but be careful with that
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Seems like I've heard that before somewhere...

Although you have answered my question, I'd like to heed your warning and not use it.  I also try to avoid Runtime.
(I'll still split points if anyone else responds...)  

Does anyone know a simple way to do it otherwise?

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No - you will have to recurse all files/dirs and delete them first.

http://javaalmanac.com/egs/java.io/TraverseTree.html
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Got it.  Thanks.  That will be very helpful in the future, too.
--BrianMc1958
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:-)
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