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FTP ERROR 500 , DIRECTORY CANNOT BE DELETED

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Hello Experts,I need a quick help with ftp rmdir command.
I am doing ftp through file ftp -s:ftp.file>>ftp.log
inside ftp.file, I have commands to transfer files , create directories etc.
Now , I want to include one more command for remove directory a directory - tranlog which has multiple sub-directories , files inside subdirectories, the  number of subdirectories may vary each time hence I cannot hard code what directores to delete in my script).
Note: I have all the necessary permissions on this directory.
I have tried:
rmdir tranlog
Error:550 tranlog: The directory is not empty
rmdir /SQ tranlog
rmdir tranlog /SQ
/SQ: The system cannot find the file specified
I am not sure how to pass arguments to rmdir to make it work like a deltree command in ms dos.
Please help.

Thanks
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by:kukno
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Hi,

you say:

>inside ftp.file, I have commands to transfer files , create directories etc.

well, if you create the directories in the batch file, you can delete them in reverse order, right?

Sampe:

mkdir /test
mkdir /test/test
mkdir /test/test/test
put xyz
delete xyz
rmdir /test/test/test
rmdir /test/test
rmdir /test

Regards
Kurt


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Hi Curt,
I am trying to delete the tranlog from outside..
T think the exception is - to delete a non-empty directory.
this can be solved by passing arguments /S/Q to rmdir  like we do in normal commandline..but am not sure how.
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wait a moment. Are you talking about the DOS command rmdir or the ftp command rmdir? If it's the ftp command, then there is no /Q /S options! See the link I posted for a possible solution.

Regards
Kurt
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