[RFC] unlink() implementation

Earnie Boyd earnie_boyd@yahoo.com
Fri Oct 10 21:45:00 GMT 2003

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> So, I would like to ask you folks, what you think about the idea,
> to try to move the file into the recycle bin, if delete file fails.
> The whole implementation then looks like this, every step only tried
> if the step before failed:

A move equals a copy + delete is some cases.  It still will cause pain, 
especially if the file is open.  A rename may be better but IIRC that's 
also broken for an open file.

> Step 1 (Only on NT):
>     Try CreateFile(FILE_FLAG_DELETE_ON_CLOSE)/CloseHandle();
> Step 2:
>     Try DeleteFile();
> Step 3:
>     Try SHFileOperation(FO_DELETE)  // moves to Recycle Bin
> Step 4:
>     Store in delqueue.
> Besides the examination, that we could drop step 1 on NT, what do
> people think about the idea, to try to move the file to the
> recycle bin if a DeleteFile failed?  Note that I didn't actually
> *test* it, but I'd like to know, if I'm something missing which
> invalidates the idea.  Any really bad caveat?
I don't think it buys you anything but some wasted cycles.


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