Why Can't I Delete a File I Created with Win XP?
dreadpiratejeff at gmail.com
Sun Dec 6 03:44:37 CET 2009
On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 21:14, W. eWatson <wolftracks at invalid.com> wrote:
> What I'm trying to do is really simple. In the Win XP NG, I have two
> suggestions to get rid of the Analysis folder and the empty file in it. One
> is to use a program like you suggested, and the other is to delete it from
> DOS. I just tried cmd prompt, but was not successful. My DOS skills are long
> gone, so I have no idea if there is something I overlooked there. I bored
> down to Analysis and the into it. DIR showed an unnamed empty file, so I
> tried DEL *. I seriously doubt it was removed.
> Well, I'm going to reboot sometime later this evening, and knock it out as I
> described I was able to do once before after a reboot. Thne I'm going to fix
> the Python program and write a file correctly.
And those are your only options, really. From what I've been able to
see, there is no native ability in Linux to actually see who has a
lock on a file that's been opened. And I completely understand your
I've not used the process explorer program, so I really can't say how
well it works for this kind of thing. But every post I found
searching for this indicates that it will at least tell you what still
has a lock on the file and maybe then you can figure out what needs to
be closed from there.
Rebooting should always work in cases like this. Rebooting the system
should clear all file locks and is a last resort for a persistent
stale file lock. So yeah, by rebooting, you'll always be able to
release the lock on that file and then delete it once the system is
back and running.
However, that's not something you'd want to do on a production system
except as a last resort. At least, that's not something that I'd want
So anyway, since you said the code is not yours, does the code
actually close the files anywhere? I'm assuming that it does at some
point, but if not, that really is something that needs to be added in.
As I said in my last post, I am just a novice in the Python stuff,
but I've written enough code in my life to know that you never assume
that a file will be closed properly by the system once the program is
finished running. I'm not saying that YOU specifically are doing
this, but just making the suggestion as this is the kind of problem
that can happen.
Of course, a program that's dying for some reason is a different story... :-)
Mike Ditka - "If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn't have
given us arms." -
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