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deleting directory

Vaibhav Deshpande
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Joined: Apr 26, 2002
Posts: 33
I want to delete directory structure. but method delete() is not working since the files in this directory are not empty.
Is there any way to delete dir.
thanks in advance.
Carlos Failde
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Joined: Oct 20, 2000
Posts: 84
You need to delete the files inside the directory before you can delete it. The contents may include directories which themselves might be nonempty so you are faced with the same problem.

The method first deletes the directory's contents and then finally deletes the directory itself. The method is recursive - if any of the contents are directories then they are in turn deleted in the same way.
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