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Delete a directory and it's files when a program is closed

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I need some assistance creating a small script to delete a directory and files under it after a certain program is terminated/no longer running. Is this possible? Could anyone please assist me with this?

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I need some assistance creating a small script to delete a directory and files under it after a certain program is terminated/no longer running. Is this possible? Could anyone please assist me with this?

Your script will launch and do nothing while your program's process id exists?

When your program's process id no longer exists your script will delete a directory?

You could start with this, which is straight out of the AutoIt Help manual:

While ProcessExists("YourProcess.exe") 
WEnd
  If FileExists("directory\to\delete") Then DirRemove ( "directory\to\delete",1)

Probably a better way to do this, as I am fairly confident that my AutoIt skills suck harder than an 18 year old Amish girl.

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While ProcessExists("YourProcess.exe")
sleep(1000)
WEnd

If FileExists("directory\to\delete") Then DirRemove ( "directory\to\delete",1)


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Is there a way for the script to always be running and do the same thing without having to restart the script?

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

Opt("OnAutoItExit, 1)

Func OnAutoItExit()
DirRemove(@ScriptDir & "\directory", 1)
EndFunc

Edited by R6V2

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#6 ·  Posted (edited)

I forgot about OnAutoItExit

- I was thinking about doing it the hard way - with a temporary instance :)

Didn't test this, but you get the idea...

;Will only work if compiled, since I used ShellEx
#Include <Misc.au3>
$single=0
If StringInStr(@ScriptName,'_tmp_',1)>0 Then
    While $single=0 ;dont try to delete the directory until the parent copy is closed
        $single=_Singleton("MyProgram1", 1)
        Sleep(100)
    WEnd
    If $CmdLineRaw<>"" Then
        DirRemove($CmdLineRaw,1); remove files and subdirectories
    EndIf
    ;do whatever after the dir is removed
Else
    
    ;do whatever before the dir is removed
    $single=_Singleton("MyProgram1", 1)
    $tmpname='_tmp_'&@ScriptName ;temporary application
    FileCopy(@ScriptFullPath,@TempDir&'\'&$tmpname,0); create a temporary application
    ShellExecute(@TempDir&'\'&$tmpname,@ScriptDir&'\directory'); run the temp program
EndIf
Exit
Edited by crashdemons

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