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Deleting directory on remote server

Posted on 2011-09-10
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At a click of a button, I want to give the user the option of deleting a directory on a web server.  The path to this directory is always the same (home/username/http-docs/somedirectory) where a directory called "somedirectory" will be deleted.  Unfortunately a directory cannot be deleted when it has other directories & files in it and these will differ.  I already have the code to log in/out of the server. All I need is  some code to do EITHER of the following:

1. Code to delete this directory even if it is not empty.

OR...

2. List all the directories and files in a directory and ALSO their sub-directories. Everything has to be listed so I can set up a delete routine. I already have the path to the top directory.

I am using a FTP component called ipwFTP1 which can use commands listed at:
http://nsoftware.com/products/component/ftp.aspx

I am using Delphi 6.  This is URGENT so I am giving the maximum 500 points for this. Many thanks for your help.
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No need to setup a delete routine.  I dont know how to do it in Delphi but the algorithmis basically this

DeleteDirectory (DirectoryName)

   For each file in DirectoryName
        If File isDirectory then   (ipwFTP1  DirListIsDir)
            DeleteDirectory(File)  
            Remove File     (ipwFTP1  RemoveDirectory)
   Next File
   Remove DirectoryName     (ipwFTP1  RemoveDirectory)

End

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by:Sinisa Vuk
Sinisa Vuk earned 250 total points
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Maybe you can try send string command (not using direct command):

RMDIR -r <dir_name>
or
RMDIR -rf <dir_name>

this depends on ftp server flavor.

Sinisa V.
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