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From "Stefan Lischke (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (IO-147) Deletion of orphaned Softlinks does not work
Date Tue, 18 Dec 2007 13:05:43 GMT
Deletion of orphaned Softlinks does not work

                 Key: IO-147
             Project: Commons IO
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 1.3.2
         Environment: Debian Linux JDK 1.5
            Reporter: Stefan Lischke
            Priority: Critical

If there is an orphaned softlink a -> b, but b does not exists anymore than the softlink
will not be removed. This happens when you call FileUtils.deleteDirectory() and when the linked
target b is deleted earlier than the link.

This is caused by the "ugly" file.exists() call in forceDelete()

if (!file.exists()) {
         throw new FileNotFoundException("File does not exist: " + file);

if this check is not done, everything works as expected. I think this test is not neccessery,
cause file.delete will test this better.

Please discuss and change this.



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