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Directory functions in C#
by John Spano | Published  11/27/2002 | .NET Framework | Rating:
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Directory functions in C#

Here are some useful file managing functions in .NET

The use the System.IO namespace
All functions also assume the logged in user has the security needed to delete the file or directory, if not they will throw an error of SecurityException

To create a directory



To move a directory

Directory.Move(@"C:\MyNewDir", @"C:\MyMovedDir");

To delete a directory


To Delete a directory recursively

Directory.Delete(@"C:\MyNewDir", true);

To Delete a File


To Move a File

File.Move(@"C:\MyFile.Txt", @"C:\MyOtherDir\MyFile.Txt");

To Copy a file

File.Copy(@"C:\MyFile.Txt", @"C:\MyOtherDir\MyFile.Txt");
//To copy to a different file name is also possible
File.Copy(@"C:\MyFile.Txt", @"C:\MyOtherDir\MyNewFileName.Txt");

To get information about a file, like the length
You can also get the extension, directory, LastAccessedtime, LastModifiedTime, wether the file exists or not, the creation date, attributes of the file etc, from the FileInfo class

FileInfo FI = new FileInfo(@"C:\MyFile.Txt");
Console.WriteLine("File size of MyFile.Txt: {0}", FI.Length);

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