The directory is not empty

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  • #81224

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    I have a script to delete the profiles folder for staff who have left

    I am calling the txt document which contains the list of profiles that need deleting

    When I run the script I get an error:

    At C:\scripts\staff leavers\deleteprofiles.ps1:1 char:50
    + ... pts\Staff leavers\profiledel.txt' | %{Remove-Item $_ -Recurse -Force}
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (AppData:DirectoryInfo) [Remove-Item], IOException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : RemoveFileSystemItemIOError,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.RemoveItemCommand
    Remove-Item : Cannot remove item \\CONTAINS THE PROFILE PATH HERE: The directory is not empty.

  • #81226

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    There's likely something in there it's unable to delete. Probably due to permissions.

  • #81262

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    Try to run the script from an elevated shell. I'm with Don. This smells like permissions.

    • #81440

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      How would I run with an elevated shell?

  • #81289

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    The other option would be lock on the folder or file which might still be open for some other application.

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