Re: std::remove

"Victor Bazarov" <>
Thu, 4 May 2006 10:11:12 -0400
Alf P. Steinbach wrote:

* Victor Bazarov: wrote:

I am trying to use std::remove to delete a file and have been
encountering some problems. My goal is to pass std::remove a
std::string and remove the file of that name, for example.

Std::string a = "C:\\Documents and Settings\\a.txt";

However the process fails and returns error code 267 The directory
name is invalid (the directory defiantly exists as does the file). I
figure I am doing something wrong which is quite simple but it is
eluding me!

Your question cannot be answered in the terms of standard C++
language, which makes it off-topic. Please ask about the error 267
in the newsgroup that deals with your os,
'' (or below).

Well, I don't think it's off-topic at all. But let's note for the
record that the C standard, which the C++ standard defers to for this
std::remove (see table 99), doesn't seem to mention that std::remove
should set errno on failure, so possibly the errno value reported by

How do you conclude the OP uses 'errno'? It is quite possible that the
OP uses some OS-specific way (like 'GetLastError' or something) or other
language/library extension. Considering the value ("267"), it is rather
likely, and that's why I suggested that we cannot really discuss those
things here, since they are outside the scope of the language. Had the
OP used the "normal" way of figuring out success or failure of the call,
we might be able to help, but with anything else?...

the OP /could/ be just a spurious value. std::remove indicates
success by returning 0, and failure by returning non-zero (something,
I don't remember from five seconds ago whether it's specified as -1).


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