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Directory.Delete Method (String, Boolean)

Deletes an empty directory and, if indicated, any subdirectories and files in the directory.

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

public static function Delete(
	path : String, 
	recursive : boolean
)

Parameters

path
Type: System.String

The name of the directory to remove.

recursive
Type: System.Boolean

true to remove directories, subdirectories, and files in path; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

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

-or-

The directory specified by path is read-only, or recursive is false and path is not an empty directory.

-or-

The directory is the application's current working directory.

-or-

The directory contains a read-only file.

-or-

The directory is being used by another process.

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 as defined by InvalidPathChars.

ArgumentNullException

path is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

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

path does not exist or could not be found.

-or-

path refers to a file instead of a directory.

-or-

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

The path parameter may specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

If the recursive parameter is true, the user must have write permission for the current directory as well as for all subdirectories.

The behavior of this method differs slightly when deleting a directory that contains a reparse point, such as a symbolic link or a mount point. If the reparse point is a directory, such as a mount point, it is unmounted and the mount point is deleted. This method does not recurse through the reparse point. If the reparse point is a symbolic link to a file, the reparse point is deleted and not the target of the symbolic link.

In some cases, if you have the specified directory open in Windows Explorer, the Delete method may not be able to delete it.

Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows CE Platform Note: Some device file systems do not support relative paths. Specify absolute path information.

The following code example creates and deletes the specified directory and subdirectories.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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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