Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Deleting Files - "File Not Found" even though it is there in Technical; I'm trying to run a batch script to delete a particular file from everyone's profile - when I run it, ...
17th October 2011, 12:37 PM #1
Deleting Files - "File Not Found" even though it is there
I'm trying to run a batch script to delete a particular file from everyone's profile - when I run it, it returns the message that it couldn't find the file, even though it is definitely there. I'm wondering if this is because the file is inside a hidden directory. How can I script the deletion of these files?
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17th October 2011, 12:41 PM #2
That will be the reason but there is a way round it
Should do it
17th October 2011, 12:41 PM #3
First thing I'd do is dump the file paths to the command line to check you haven't missed out any slashes... that's caught me out a few times and made me feel rather dumb!
Originally Posted by enjay
17th October 2011, 03:01 PM #4
The /a:h doesn't work, and the path is definitely good - I've copied it from the batch file and pasted it into Explorer, and it resolves.
17th October 2011, 03:39 PM #5
Am I right in thinking you want to delete all files in a hidden folder? Take a look at this page
Del - Delete Files
In particular the following lines
If a folder name is given instead of a file, all files in the folder will be deleted, but the folder itself will not be removed.
17th October 2011, 04:19 PM #6
No, I want to delete a single (non-hidden) file in a hidden folder. Being specific, it is \\[server]\[user]\AppData\Microsoft\Templates\normal.dot which I want to delete, and the AppData folder is the hidden one.
My batch file reads:
del /q /a:h D:\\Users\Staff\[name]\appdata\Microsoft\Templates\normal.dot
I suppose I could try DEL /F /S /Q %normal.dot% instead, kind of like being able to test these sort of commands first though...
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