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Removing a file with a specific file type

How can I go about deleting a file in a folder based on the file type.  The file name is not known but the extension is. So basically I need file     *.bkup to be deleted.
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Joel CoehoornDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
*.bkup could point to one file, or it could point to 1000.  Are you sure that's what you want to do?
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Shanmuga SundaramDirector of Software EngineeringCommented:
Sample code that in vbscript to delete txt file. You can also use filetype. I have used tempfolder. if it is for otherfolder instead of Set ofolder = ofso.GetSpecialFolder(2) use setofolder = ofso.getfolder("yourfolderpath")


Option Explicit
on error resume next
      Dim oFSO
      Dim sDirectoryPath
      Dim oFolder
      Dim oFileCollection
      Dim oFile
      Dim iDaysOld

'Customize values here to fit your needs
'      iDaysOld = 1
      Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set ofolder = ofso.GetSpecialFolder(2)
      set oFileCollection = oFolder.Files

      For each oFile in oFileCollection
'            msgbox ofile.type
msgbox ofile.name
            if ucase(right(ofile.name))="Txt" then oFile.Delete(True)
      
      Next
      Set oFSO = Nothing
      Set oFolder = Nothing
      Set oFileCollection = Nothing
      Set oFile = Nothing

msgbox "Temp folder cleaned",vbokonly,"Shanmuga Sundaram"
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fuzzymallets1Author Commented:
Yes I need it to remove all *.bkup.  
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PaulHewsCommented:
In .NET:

Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
    Dim Path As String = "C:\Temp"
    Dim Files() As String = Directory.GetFiles(Path, "*.bkup")
    For Each FileName As String In Files
        File.Delete(FileName)
    Next

End Sub
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PaulHewsCommented:
shasunder, please note the topic area.  That code is VBScript.
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vadim63Commented:
Kill("C:\TEMP\*.bkup")
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Joel CoehoornDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
I'm torn between recommending PaulHews solution and vadim's.   On the one hand, I don't normally recommend using methods like Kill() or Shell(), in favor of the newer counterparts.  On the other hand, the more 'sanctioned' method posted by Paul has the potential to leave the job 1/2 done in the case where an exception occurs or the process is killed abnormally.
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fuzzymallets1Author Commented:
The place that the bkup files are located are in the folder that the program is running from. so would I need to leave out the path info?
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vadim63Commented:
Kill(Application.StartupPath & "*.bkup")
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PaulHewsCommented:
>so would I need to leave out the path info?

Better to determine the path at runtime, or you may run into problems, especially while debugging.

Imports System.IO

Public Class Form1

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim Path As String = System.AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory()
        Dim Files() As String = Directory.GetFiles(Path, "*.bkup")
        For Each FileName As String In Files
            File.Delete(FileName)
        Next

    End Sub
End Class
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Joel CoehoornDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
>so would I need to leave out the path info?

Heavens no!  It might appear to work at first, but what happens if it doesn't find any files in the .exe's folder?  It will check the environment path, and you could end up deleting files in other folders!
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vadim63Commented:
Supposed to be
"\*.bkup"
Kill(Application.StartupPath & "\*.bkup")
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fuzzymallets1Author Commented:
I have tested both of your suggestion and they both work great.
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vadim63Commented:
OK, good luck!
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PaulHewsCommented:
>It will check the environment path, and you could end up deleting files in other folders!

I believe it will use the "startup path" of the shortcut used to launch it.  In the IDE that will not be the same as the bin folder, so you will get unexpected results.  And I'm pretty sure it will not search the environment path.

>On the other hand, the more 'sanctioned' method posted by Paul has the potential to leave the job 1/2 done in the case where an exception occurs or the process is killed abnormally.<

Kill can also have an exception, and is less granular than the File methods, so gives you less control over what happens when you run into an exception.

Kill will raise an exception when files are not found, so you have to trap that as well.
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Joel CoehoornDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
You're right- I had read an article recently that was in the back of mind that led me to believe it would check the path if nothing was found.  I went back and tracked it down.  It was posted on a Win32 API blog, but it was talking about how windows works, so it still applies.  Here's the link:
http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2007/10/23/5612082.aspx

However, now that I've re-read it I see it refers to other providers doing things "behind Windows back."
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