MS-DOS Commands :: del (or erase)
Warning: This command is for advanced users only!
Deletes one or more files. The specified file (or files) is deleted immediately deleted without any confirmation.
Tip: It is recommended that you delete files using Windows rather than
MS-DOS. If you do use the del command, it is recommeded that you use the /p parameter so that a confirmation prompt is displayed before doing the deletion, such as: del /? *.txt
Danger: Do not delete anything unless you know exactly what you are doing.
MS-DOSdoes not have a "Recycle Bin" so you cannot recover files deleted with the "del" command.
Danger: The character * (an asterisk) is the wildcard character and allows you to delete all matching files by using one command, such as "
del *.tmp" deletes all files that end with ".tmp" in their filename. All matching files are immediately deleted without any confirmation and cannot be recovered.
Danger: It is extremely dangerous to use
"del *"since that would delete everything in the directory. In this one case, MS-DOSrealizes the danger and prompts you to confirm.
Deletes one or more files. DEL [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names ERASE [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names names Specifies a list of one or more files or directories. Wildcards may be used to delete multiple files. If a directory is specified, all files within the directory will be deleted. /P Prompts for confirmation before deleting each file. /F Force deleting of read-only files. /S Delete specified files from all subdirectories. /Q Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to delete on global wildcard /A Selects files to delete based on attributes attributes R Read-only files S System files H Hidden files A Files ready for archiving - Prefix meaning not If Command Extensions are enabled DEL and ERASE change as follows: The display semantics of the /S switch are reversed in that it shows you only the files that are deleted, not the ones it could not find.
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