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From "Geoff Meakin" <>
Subject RE: How to delete multiple folders by pattern?
Date Mon, 09 Sep 2002 11:35:28 GMT
I've got a feeling that because of a bug in the <fileset> task, I think this
work easily at the moment unless its been fixed.

You should be able to use the <foreach> task (see ant-contrib on
sourceforge), the
URL of which is frequently posted on this mailing list if you search for
and do something like the following:

<foreach param="dirname" target="deleteme">
  <fileset dir="base">
    <include name="**/CVS"/>

<target name="deleteme">
<delete dir="${dirname}"/>

Alternatively as a hack you can copy the delete-root somewhere else, as the
defaultexcludes will not copy any CVS directories. And then copy this back
but it takes longer.

You're supposed to be able to do something like:
<delete includeEmptyDirs="true">
  <fileset dir="base">
    <include name="**/CVS"/>

However this will delete all empty directories, not just the (newly-deleted)
CVS ones, so this may or may not be applicable in your situation
Personally speaking I'd use the first method.

Hope this helps

-----Original Message-----
From: Stacy Young []
Sent: 07 September 2002 06:34 PM
To: ''
Subject: How to delete multiple folders by pattern?

I'm trying to delete all instances of a folder called CVS within a directory
structure but for the life of me I can't get it right...

Any help appreciated!


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