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Directory.Delete Method (String)

When it is called by trusted applications, deletes an empty directory from a specified path.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[SecuritySafeCriticalAttribute]
public static void Delete(
	string path
)

Parameters

path
Type: System.String
The name of the empty directory to remove. This directory must be writable or empty.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

A file with the same name and location specified by path exists.

-or-

The directory is the application's current working directory.

-or-

The directory specified by path is not empty.

-or-

There is an open handle on the directory, and the operating system is Windows XP or earlier. This open handle can result from enumerating directories and files.

UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

ArgumentException

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters.

ArgumentNullException

path is null.

PathTooLongException

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters and file names must be less than 260 characters.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The specified path does not exist or could not be found.

-or-

The specified path is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

Platform Notes

Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Phone

 This member has a SecurityCriticalAttribute attribute on Silverlight for Windows Phone, because the attribute was present in Silverlight 3. This attribute restricts this member to internal use. Application code that uses this member throws a MethodAccessException.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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