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search to find all temp files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jack B, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Jack B

    Jack B Flightless Bird

    I did a
    *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*
    search to find all temp files on my pc.

    Apparently, the search found files that are not on my pc, because I had
    hundreds of files that could not be deleted due to Windows saying: "Cannot
    delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk."

    What gives?


    Jack
     
  2. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:uyt68Vp0KHA.4832@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl,
    Jack B <jslimp01nospam@earthlink.net> typed:
    > I did a
    > *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*
    > search to find all temp files on my pc.
    >
    > Apparently, the search found files that are not on my pc,
    > because I had hundreds of files that could not be deleted
    > due to Windows saying: "Cannot delete file: Cannot read
    > from source file or disk."
    >
    > What gives?
    >
    >
    > Jack


    Probably your sequencing. One of the earlier commands already
    deleted them, maybe. Or, they belong to another account and
    you don't have rights to delete them. There are quite a few
    possibilities, really.

    If you want to see what's going on for sure, next time do
    searches for all three and check out the duplicate entries -
    usually that will expose them. Be sure to have all the system
    and hidden files set to display. Also, you can search for
    multiple items in Explorer by separating them with a
    semi-colon. e.g. *.tmp; ~*.*; <path>\temp*; <path>\temp* and
    so forth.
    I can only vouch for that working on SP3 Pro versions, but
    it should be consistant I'd think.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Apr 2, 2:49 pm, "Jack B" <jslimp01nos...@earthlink.net> wrote:
    > I did a
    > *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*
    > search to find all temp files on my pc.
    >
    > Apparently, the search found files that are not on my pc, because I had
    > hundreds of files that could not be deleted due to Windows saying: "Cannot
    > delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk."
    >
    > What gives?
    >
    > Jack


    A lot depends on your definition of a temp file.

    It would be shortsighted to assume that all temporary files involved
    with Windows XP end in .tmp, .chk. or have a ~ as the first character
    of the file name. Equally shortsighted would be to assume that all
    files that end in .tmp, .chk or have a ~ as the first character are
    temporary files.

    As you can see, just because a file meets your search criteria, it
    does not necessarily mean it is not being used at the moment.

    If you can better define your mission, you will be able to benefit
    from the experience of others.
     

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