VBScript cannot delete folder - permission denied

Posted on 2011-03-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have 3 scripts that I am combining into 1, now when I run it, I get a permission denied error at line #119.  subfolder.Delete

If I run that section standalone its fine.

Here is the script.

I think it has something to do with 2 different sections using FSO.

Here is a folder structure that I am working with as a point of reference (several csv files in these):
 folder structure
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Expert Comment

ID: 35127165
First comment out line 131, you do not need to re-create the object on the objFSO variable (unless you previously set it to nothing).

1. Are there any SubFolders in there?  Try amending line 117 to
If subfolder.Files.Count = 0 And subfolder.SubFolders.Count = 0 Then

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2. Do you, or anyone on the network, have that folder open in a Windows Explorer window?

3. Have you, or anyone on the network, got a command prompt window open and the current folder in that window is the one attempting to be deleted?

4. Double check the permissions on the folder.  You know that this is not the problem, but you should double-check anyway!


Expert Comment

ID: 35129071
try to replace line 119 with

objFSO.DeleteFolder subfolder.Path, True


Author Comment

ID: 35129725
Something within the script is locking it, something in the code section above that one. Because if I try to delete it manually while the Msg box is open, its locked, but if I run that code section stand alone (lines 33-125) without all the other code, it deletes it fine.

Not sure, but the only code above that is the FTPDownload function call, which is here:

I can see ftp.exe launch in the task manager while the part of the code is running, and then it closes.
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Author Comment

ID: 35132741
Not sure what changed, But I now get the permission denied earlier at line 109:
objfso.MoveFolder Subfolder.Path,subfolder_ar

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 I think something isnt closing properly.

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Accepted Solution

Daz_1234 earned 500 total points
ID: 35133265
Ok, if lines 33 to 125 work when run stand-alone, then if anything is holding anything else open, it must be in lines 1 to 32.

Nothing in lines 1 to 32 even opens any objects so the only suspect is the following line:
FTPDownload (ftp_adr), (ftp_user), (ftp_pass), strDestDir, strFetchDate, (ftp_files)

So I did a quick test and when the WshShell.CurrentDirectory equals a folder that you want to delete, you will get permission denied.

Your script is fairly complex to follow exactly without an identical setup to test with, but I want to rule this out first.  The FTPDownload function sets the Current Working Directory.

Can you add a line between 108 and 109 (or the line above wherever you get the permission denied) to check if  the Wshshell.Currentdirectory is in the one being deleted.
Set AShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") : MsgBox AShell.CurrentDirectory,,"Current Dir:"

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If it is, then I suggest adding at line 96 in your function here  the following:
oFTPScriptShell.CurrentDirectory = oFTPScriptShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%windir%")

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...which  will just ensure that the current working directory is the windows folder, i.e not one that you're going to delete or move.


Author Comment

ID: 35133983
WOW - that did it, you deserve extra credit.
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Expert Comment

ID: 35134009
Thanks for the points, glad I could help!


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