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I need a batch file that will delete the contents of a directory without deleting the directory itself. it is on a NFS share so recreating the directory messes up permissions.

I need the contents of d:\share deleted but save directory structure
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by:oBdA
ID: 39651621
Try this; it's in test mode and will only display the delete commands it would normally run; remove the two uppercase ECHOs to run it for real (note: this will delete subdirectories of the folder given, sounds like you only want to keep the root):
@echo off
set Folder=D:\Share
REM Delete all subfolders in the given directory:
for /d %%a in ("%Folder%\*.*") do ECHO rd /s /q "%%a"
REM Delete all remaining files in the root of the given directory:
ECHO del /f /q "%Folder%"

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by:cj_cb
ID: 39651665
This is close but its looking for a yes or no and does not delete.

C:\batch>del *.* /s
C:\batch\*.*, Are you sure (Y/N)? n
C:\batch>loc_delegated.bat
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by:oBdA
ID: 39651679
"del" wants a "/q" to suppress warnings when using wildcards.
del /s /q "C:\SomeFolder" will delete all files in all subfolders of SomeFolder, but will leave all folders.
You current command (del *.* /s) would delete all files in and under "C:\batch"
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by:cj_cb
ID: 39651754
Thanks for the response, what i showed is when i try to test the batch you sent me. it is only the output. the files are not deleteing and i believe because it is the yes/No defaulting to no
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oBdA earned 2000 total points
ID: 39651778
What you showed in http:#a39651665 is unrelated to my script; there is no "del *.* /s" in my script.
The script is not deleting anything because, as I mentioned in my answer, it's in test mode and will only display the rd/del commands it would normally run until you remove the two uppercase "ECHO"s.
This is a live version that will actually delete, so handle with care:
@echo off
set Folder=D:\Share
REM Delete all subfolders in the given directory:
for /d %%a in ("%Folder%\*.*") do rd /s /q "%%a"
REM Delete all remaining files in the root of the given directory:
del /f /q "%Folder%"

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by:cj_cb
ID: 39651800
oBdA,

thanks for the removal script, but the actual path is d:\share\files that i need to delete and leave the "\share\files" directory intact would it be just to add the path to the "Set Folder"?
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by:cj_cb
ID: 39651907
Figured it out.

Thanks a million!!!!
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by:cj_cb
ID: 39651914
final version


@echo off
set Folder=D:\Share\
REM Delete all subfolders in the given directory:
for /d %%a in ("%Folder%\files\*.*") do rd /s /q "%%a"
REM Delete all remaining files in the root of the given directory:
del /f /q "%Folder%\files"
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by:Bill Prew
ID: 39652075
Just for future reference, it's even a bit easier than that. You can use a DOS trick of changing to the base directory first, and then deleting it.  Since it's the current directory, everything underneath it gets deleted, but not the base folder.  So this would work:

@echo off
pushd D:\Share
rd /s /q .
popd

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~bp
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by:oBdA
ID: 39652116
You should only do that if you're testing pushd's (or cd's) errorlevel.
If you try to delete an absolute path that doesn't exist, all that happens is an error message.
But if you pushd/cd into a path that doesn't exist (typos happen), and then continue to delete, you're eradicating the current folder ...
@echo off
pushd D:\Share || goto :eof
rd /s /q .
popd

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by:Bill Prew
ID: 39652141
Or I guess this approach...

@echo off
pushd D:\Share
rd /s /q D:\Share
popd

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~bp
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