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As the title suggests, I'm having issues with the del command in a batch file. When it gets to the delete step I get the message "Access is denied". My batch command looks something like this.

set destPath=\\Public01\Appl\CompOps\Jobs\

robocopy . "%destPath%" *.dtsx *.dev *.prod *.ppro /IS

pushd "%destPath%"
del *.dtsConfig
ren *.dev .

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I can browse to the directory and delete the files without any problem in windows explorer

Update 1: Tried running as administrator, still the same issue

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You may have to run the batch file as administrator. Right click on the file and click "Run as Administrator", and see if it runs successfully that way.

Edit: Apparently, a read-only file cannot normally be deleted by a batch file, although it can still be deleted through windows explorer. To check if your file is read-only, you can right click on the file and select properties, or enter attrib <filename> at the command prompt. This will show a series of letters corresponding to different file attributes.

R = Read-only file
A = Archive file
S = System file
H = Hidden file

You can then remove the read-only tag by unchecking the box in the properties window or running the command attrib <filename> -R.

To force a del command to delete read-only files, add the /F flag.

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unfortunately that does not fix the problem, i'll update my question to include your suggestion though. –  shiznit123 Dec 7 '11 at 20:05
Try putting pause before the del command, and then try deleting it through Windows Explorer while it's paused. –  SaintWacko Dec 7 '11 at 20:11
I found the solution, however if you wish to edit your answer to include some suggestions in addition to my solution I'd be happy to mark it as the answer –  shiznit123 Dec 7 '11 at 20:15
Alright, is that information retroactively helpful? :) –  SaintWacko Dec 7 '11 at 20:37
I'm sure it will be helpful when I forget about this problem months from now :) –  shiznit123 Dec 7 '11 at 20:42

After experimenting with the options available to the "del" command I discovered that the files I was attempting to delete were read-only. To resolve the problem I could either edit the files to remove the read-only attribute, or specify the /F option.

Final script is

set destPath=\\Public01\Appl\CompOps\Jobs\

robocopy . "%destPath%" *.dtsx *.dev *.prod *.ppro /IS

pushd "%destPath%"
del /F *.dtsConfig
ren *.dev .

Simple solution, but a misleading error message. Hopefully this helps someone else.

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If you can only read it, an access denied sounds about right to me. –  surfasb Dec 8 '11 at 6:23

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