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bob morkos
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Joined: Sep 06, 2001
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How do you write a java application that deletes a directory. An example would help a lot. And is it posible to read the size of a file in a java program. Thanks.
Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
The File class has methods delete() and length() which accomplish what you need.

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Spencer J Lee
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Joined: Mar 19, 2003
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I noticed that the delete method of the File class can only delete a directory if its empty. Is there an existing way or method to recursively delete a directory, its subdirectories, and files (i.e. rm -rf)? Or is this something I'll need to put together myself.
Thanks ahead of time.
Billybob Marshall
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Joined: Jan 27, 2004
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Originally posted by Spencer Lee:
...Or is this something I'll need to put together myself.

I agree. Here's the link:
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