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Sorry if this is obvious to many people -- I am a newbie -- but here is the question:

After some testing, I found out that when I FileRecycle a file that doesn't exist, the return value is always 1 (success) as long as the path is correct, even if the file to be recycled doesn't exist.


$newpath = D:\np2\ 
$t = FileRecycle($newpath & "*.jpg")
If $t = 1 Then 
   Msgbox( 4096, "FileRecycle", "File Recycle success returns 1." & " $t = " & $t) 
   Msgbox( 4096, "FileRecycle", "File Recycle failure returns 0." & " $t = " & $t) 

If the directory exists, the return value is always 1, whether the jpg files exist in it or not.

This is counterintuitive. Is my conclusion correct that when FileRecycle is asked to recycle a file that doesn't exist, it is considered success as long as the directory exists? Or am I missing something basic?

Thanks for any help.

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suroit ,

A bit more testing shows that the problem you describe only arises with the "*" wildcard. :)

If you specify a file, you get the expected 0 if the file does not exist; however, if you use the wildcard you get 1. I find this behaviour quite reasonable - AutoIt is merely telling you that it has successfully recycled any files of that type. If you want to know whether any files of that type are there to recycle, you need to use FileExists first.


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Thanks for the explanation. It sounds indeed reasonable. I was hoping I wouldn't have to find out separately if the files exist.

By the way, the Help file doesn't talk about wild cards for FileExists. I will have to try that. I was using FileFindFirstFile and FileFindNextFile with wild cards, but it is somewhat cumbersome.


Edit: After a quick test, FileExists seems to work with wild cards.

Edited by suroit

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