Erases a file from disk.
ERASE FileName | ? [RECYCLE]
- Specifies the file to be erased. Include the path with the file name if the file is on a different drive or directory from the current drive or directory.
FileName can contain wildcard characters such as * and ?. For example, to erase backup files with ERASE *.BAK. If FileName contains spaces, enclose the entire file name in quotes.
- Displays the Delete dialog box, from which you can choose a file to erase.
- Specifies that the file isn't immediately deleted from disk and is placed in the Windows Recycle Bin.
Caution Exercise caution when using ERASE. Any file erased with this command cannot be retrieved. You aren't warned before the file is erased, even if SET SAFETY is ON.
This command does not generate an error if the specified file does not exist.
In the following example, the structure of CUSTOMER.DBF and all records in which the country is USA are copied to a table named
backup. The data in
backup is then copied to a text file,
temp, which is opened and then deleted when it is closed.
CLOSE DATABASES OPEN DATABASE (HOME(2) + 'data\testdata') USE customer && Opens customer table COPY STRUCTURE TO backup USE backup APPEND FROM customer FOR country = 'USA' COPY TO temp TYPE DELIMITED WAIT WINDOW 'Press Esc to close and erase temp.txt' NOWAIT MODIFY FILE temp.txt NOEDIT ERASE temp.txt ? IIF(FILE('temp.txt'),'File not deleted','File deleted') USE ERASE backup.dbf