[Tutor] Recycle bin Windows XP - List or empty the bin

Dominique mydomdom at gmail.com
Sat Jan 31 10:13:52 CET 2009


I would like to access the recycle bin on windows xp and eventually empty its

Googling around this led me to try the following (to empty the bin):

from win32com.shell import shell

Unfortunately, this doesn't work.
The traceback gives me :
TypeError: SHEmptyRecycleBin() takes exactly 3 arguments (0 given)

So, I tried something I found somewhere:

from win32com.shell import shell
    #No confirmation dialog when emptying the recycle bin
    SHERB_NOCONFIRMATION = 0x00000001,
    #No progress tracking window during the emptying of the recycle bin
    SHERB_NOPROGRESSUI = 0x00000001),
    #No sound whent the emptying of the recycle bin is complete
    SHERB_NOSOUND = 0x00000004

This doesn't work either, giving me the following traceback:
TypeError: SHEmptyRecycleBin() takes no keyword arguments

Ooops! The 2 tracebacks are contradictory.

Can anybody help me on this, please.
read and empty the bin and possibly send a file to it.

Thanks in advance

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