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Unlock a file so it can be deleted, VB.NET (Compact Framework v2)

Posted on 2011-03-08
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Hi,

Sometimes files are blocked on a mobile devices that need to be deleted, can someone help me putting together a Function or Sub that enables me cut all ties to that file and permanently delete it.

Thank you for any advice!

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by:hjgode
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Hello

before you can delete files that are in use of some process, you need to know which app is locking the file. Unfortunately I dont know a function to get a list of processes that lock a specific file. This is also not that simple on desktop windows (see sysinternals process explorer).

I recommend to kill all unneeded processes before you try to delete a file. If you are more specific and can tell us the names of the files we probably know the process to kill.
Build a process list using toolhelp API (CreateToolhelp32Snapshot API) and then quit or kill the processes (SendMessage WM_QUIT or TerminateProcess()).

Another approach is to delete a file during OS startup just after a reboot, so that most processes do not yet run. You can do this with an AutoRun.exe placed in 2577 dir of root of the device or a SD Card, if the device is using a XScale/Arm processor. The name 2577 of the dir depends on the processor of the device. The OS will look for AutoRun.exe during startup in that specific dir on all volumes.

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Kalpesh Chhatrala earned 500 total points
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you can lock file using following comand. there after you can delete it.

using (FileStream fs = 
           File.Open("MyFile.txt", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.None))
{
   // use fs
}

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by:MrFawlty
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Hi,

Will this release a file being used by another process so it can be deleted?

Kind regards,

MrFawlty
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