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how can we delete all .bak files in a folder using xp_cmdshell i.i have to keep this in a job.

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how can we delete all .bak files in a folder(ex:c:\softwares\) using xp_cmdshell
.i have to write  this script  in a job so that all .bak files are deleted.(sql server 2000)
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by:Ultrabrowser
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Add the below 2 lines to a deleteBAK.bat file and your all set.

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del c:\softwares\ *.bak /S /Q
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by:Ultrabrowser
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Make that

Add the below 2 lines to a deleteBAK.bat file and your all set.

Echo Off
del c:\softwares\ *.bak /Q

With out the /S switch
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by:RiteshShah
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just few hours back I created one script and give to one poster at

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/Q_24319038.html

you can refer the same and can modify as per your need. You can set that script in job. I used to delete only 24 hours old backup but your remove that restrictions.

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by:RiteshShah
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Ultrabrowser, author want to do this with xp_cmdshell and from sql job not from .bat file and run that .bat manually.
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by:vijay11
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Hey ritesh i want to delete all the .bak files irrespective of age of .bak files.is there any simple script
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by:RiteshShah
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what are the name of your files? is it dynamic or you create it manually?
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by:vijay11
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dynamically created by maintainance plan
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by:RiteshShah
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use this.

SET @Path = 'C:\Software\';
DECLARE @cmdStr AS varchar(250);
SET @cmdStr = 'ERASE /Q /S '+@Path+'\*.bak'
EXEC master..xp_cmdshell @cmdStr, NO_OUTPUT

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RiteshShah earned 500 total points
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sorry forget to declare @Path variable, use this one.

DECLARE @Path VARCHAR(100)
SET @Path = 'C:\Software\';
DECLARE @cmdStr AS varchar(250);
SET @cmdStr = 'ERASE /Q /S '+@Path+'\*.bak'
EXEC master..xp_cmdshell @cmdStr, NO_OUTPUT
 
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by:vijay11
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thanks Ritesh ,

                            It works fine.can you please tell me what do /Q /S mean in ''ERASE /Q /S '+@Path+'\*.bak''
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by:RiteshShah
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/Q means it will do its work quietly ;) generally when you manually delete it, than it ask for prompt want to delete it? yes or not, it won't ask anything.

/S will delete from sub directory also.
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