Deleting an entire folder and its contents including other folders

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    Question Deleting an entire folder and its contents including other folders

    Does anybody know how to delete an entire folder and its contents including other folders? I'm using MSVC++ 6.0 and the program is in win32.

    Thanks
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    i think there's a rmdir command in dir.h
    but i'm not sure wether it can delete the dir including its contents.

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    use the FindFirstFile/FindNextFile combination to delete every file int the directory, one by one, then delete the directory

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    use the FindFirstFile/FindNextFile combination to delete every file int the directory, one by one, then delete the directory
    I know how to use the FindFirstFile/FindNextFile combination but how do I "...then delete the directory"?

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    There's a Win32 function - RemoveDirectory().

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    Here is the sample out of the MSDN files.... this is in the help files....

    Code:
    /* MAKEDIR.C */
    
    #include <direct.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    
    void main( void )
    {
       if( _mkdir( "\\testtmp" ) == 0 )
       {
          printf( "Directory '\\testtmp' was successfully created\n" );
          system( "dir \\testtmp" );
          if( _rmdir( "\\testtmp" ) == 0 )
            printf( "Directory '\\testtmp' was successfully removed\n"  );
          else
             printf( "Problem removing directory '\\testtmp'\n" );
       }
       else
          printf( "Problem creating directory '\\testtmp'\n" );
    }
    
    
    Output
    
    Directory '\testtmp' was successfully created   
     Volume in drive C is CDRIVE
     Volume Serial Number is 0E17-1702
    
     Directory of C:\testtmp
    
    05/03/94  12:30p        <DIR>           .
    05/03/94  12:30p        <DIR>           ..
                   2 File(s)          0 bytes
                                 17,358,848 bytes free
    Directory '\testtmp' was successfully removed
    zMan

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    For the person who suggested RemoveDirectory():

    RemoveDirectory() only removes a directory if it is completely empty. Is there any similar function that can erase the data and other folders within a folder?

    For last person who posted here:
    Your example is a console app and uses system commands etc, and what i am doing is in windows. Is there a way to do this with windows?

    Thanks
    -Chris

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    I forgot to login when I posted the above message...

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    RemoveDirectory() only removes a directory if it is [snippity snip]
    Hence the FindFirstFile/FindFirstFile to remove the contents.

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    Oh thanks. But what if there are other folders within this directory? Is there any way to get rid of these?

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    use recursion

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    wouldn't the simple remove() function do the job if you simply deleted the directory, or would it leave the other files there?

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    Don't know if it exist in the newer versions of windows. But DELTREE was a dos command to delete a directory and everything inside (including other directories).

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