# deleteFile¶

Deletes files.

## Format¶

ret = deleteFile(name)
Parameters

name (string or NxK string array) – name of file or files to delete.

Returns

ret (scalar or NxK matrix) – scalar if name is a string. If name is an NxK string array, ret will be an NxK matrix reflecting the success or failure of each separate file deletion. ret will be zero if file deletion is successful.

## Examples¶

// Create random x matrix
x = rndn(500,1);

// Save as GAUSS dataset
saved(x, "x.dat", "X1");

// Delete file
deleteFile("x.dat");


This returns

0.00000000


Now we will try again to delete the x.dat file :

// Delete file
deleteFile("x.dat");


This returns

2.0000000


The errno value of 2 indicates that the file x.dat no longer exists when we try to delete the file the second time.

## Remarks¶

deleteFile() calls the C library unlink function for each file. If unlink fails it sets the C library errno value. deleteFile() returns the value of errno if unlink fails, otherwise it returns zero. If you want detailed information about the reason for failure, consult the C library unlink documentation for your platform for details.