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The '''KILL''' statement deletes a file name designated by a [[STRING]] value or variable.
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The [[KILL]] statement deletes a file designated by a [[STRING]] value or variable.
  
  
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{{PageSyntax}}
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: [[KILL]] {{Parameter|fileSpec$}}
  
:::::''Syntax:'' KILL filespec$
 
  
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* {{Parameter|fileSpec$}} is a literal or variable string path and filename. Wildcards * and ? can be used with caution.
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::'''*''' denotes one or more wildcard letters of a name or extension
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::'''?''' denotes one wildcard letter of a name or extension
  
* Filespec can be a literal or variable string value.
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* {{Parameter|fileSpec$}} can include a path that can be either relative to the program's current location or absolute, from the root drive.
* The filespec can include an existing path to a different directory.
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* [[KILL]] cannot remove an [[OPEN]] file. The program must [[CLOSE]] it first.
* KILL does not ask for verification! Be careful! Don't delete empty files in the root directory or Windows!
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* If the path or file does not exist, a "File not found" or "Path not found" [[ERROR Codes|error]] will result. See [[_FILEEXISTS]].
* To KILL a file it MUST be [[CLOSE]]d.  
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* {{InlineCode}}[[SHELL]] "DEL /Q " + fileName${{InlineCodeEnd}} does the same without a prompt or verification for wildcard deletions.
* KILL does not verify that a file has been deleted. If the file did not exist, a "File not found" error will result.
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* {{InlineCode}}[[SHELL]] "DEL /P " + fileName${{InlineCodeEnd}} will ask for user verification.
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* Cannot delete folders or directories. Use [[RMDIR]] to remove empty folders.
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* '''Warning: files deleted with [[KILL]] will not go to the Recycle Bin and they cannot be restored.'''
  
  
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{{PageExamples}}
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{{CodeStart}}
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KILL "C:\QBasic\data\2000data.dat"
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{{CodeEnd}}
  
  
''Example:'' KILL "C:\Qbasic\data\2000data.dat"
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{{PageSeeAlso}}
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* [[RMDIR]], [[FILES]], [[SHELL]], [[OPEN]]
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* [[CHDIR]], [[MKDIR]], [[NAME]]
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* [[_FILEEXISTS]], [[_DIREXISTS]]
  
  
 
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{{PageNavigation}}
''See also:'' [[FILES]], [[SHELL]], [[OPEN]], [[CHDIR]], [[MKDIR]]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 13:11, 10 February 2021

The KILL statement deletes a file designated by a STRING value or variable.


Syntax

KILL fileSpec$


  • fileSpec$ is a literal or variable string path and filename. Wildcards * and ? can be used with caution.
* denotes one or more wildcard letters of a name or extension
? denotes one wildcard letter of a name or extension
  • fileSpec$ can include a path that can be either relative to the program's current location or absolute, from the root drive.
  • KILL cannot remove an OPEN file. The program must CLOSE it first.
  • If the path or file does not exist, a "File not found" or "Path not found" error will result. See _FILEEXISTS.
  • SHELL "DEL /Q " + fileName$ does the same without a prompt or verification for wildcard deletions.
  • SHELL "DEL /P " + fileName$ will ask for user verification.
  • Cannot delete folders or directories. Use RMDIR to remove empty folders.
  • Warning: files deleted with KILL will not go to the Recycle Bin and they cannot be restored.


Examples

KILL "C:\QBasic\data\2000data.dat"


See also



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