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DirectoryInfo.Delete Method

Deletes this DirectoryInfo if it is empty.

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

public override void Delete()

ExceptionCondition
UnauthorizedAccessException

The directory contains a read-only file.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The directory described by this DirectoryInfo object does not exist or could not be found.

IOException

The directory is not empty.

-or-

The directory is the application's current working directory.

SecurityException

The caller does not have the required permission.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following example throws an exception if you attempt to delete a directory that is not empty.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        // Specify the directories you want to manipulate.
        DirectoryInfo di1 = new DirectoryInfo(@"c:\MyDir");

        try 
        {
            // Create the directories.
            di1.Create();
            di1.CreateSubdirectory("temp");

            //This operation will not be allowed because there are subdirectories.
            Console.WriteLine("I am about to attempt to delete {0}", di1.Name);
            di1.Delete();
            Console.WriteLine("The Delete operation was successful, which was unexpected.");
        } 
        catch (Exception) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The Delete operation failed as expected.");
        } 
        finally {}
    }
}

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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