xdel- command line hardlinks
Last Updated March 5th, 2012, Version 5.3.0
Introduction The NTFS filesystem of NT4/W2K/WXP supports the junction/symbolic link functionality. Deleting subdirectories recursivley can be done by various of tools, but only xdel is aware of junctions/symbolic link, and instead of crawling recursivley down a junction/symbolic link, xdel simply unlinks the junction/symbolic link, and so does no harm to contents chained into a hierarchy via junctions/symbolic link .

Furthermore xdel.exe properly deletes very long pathnames with more than 256 characters.

Installation copy xdel.exe to some directory referenced by your PATH environment variable. %systemroot% is a good place.

Using xdel xdel.exe is a typical command line utility.
 
Recursive support Recursivly delete directory hierarchies. e.g.:

xdel x:\dir\dir2

In the above example the directories and files below x:\dir\dir2 are deleted. .

Limitations xdel.exe can be used with NT4/W2K/WXP/Windows Vista/Windows7/W2K3/W2K8.

History
March 5th 2012 Version 5.3 released. Issues with relative path have been fixed.

February 25th 2012 Version 5.2 released. Issues with junctions/symbolic links fixed and very long path support improved.

September 20th 2008 Version 5.1 released. Available for X64 and Itanium. Support for very long path names.

November 12th 2006 Version 4.10 released. Released on website.

February 18th 1999 Version 4.0 Rewrote in C++

1990 Version 1.0 Wrote it in assembly language

Status The 5.3 version is stable enough to satisfy most needs. Currently no development activity on this utility.


Open Issues Maybe bugs?
Feature requests?
Links See Link Shell Extension, to comfortably create NTFS junctions.

License This program is provided as is. See license.txt from this distribution for legal issues.

Contact / Donations Bug reports, or feature requests send to Hermann Schinagl..

xdel.exe is and will be freeware, but if xdel.exe was really helpful for you and saved lots of your time please think of donations either via PayPal



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Download
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Windows Vista
Please make sure that the necessary runtime .dlls are installed on your system. This prerequisites package can be downloaded from Microsoft:

vcredist_x86.exe for Vs2005 Sp1 (2.6 MB)

Afterwards install the
xdel.zip (13KB)

 
Vista64
Windows XP64
Please make sure that the necessary runtime .dlls are installed on your system. This prerequisites package can be downloaded from Microsoft:

vcredist_x64.exe for Vs2005 Sp1 (3.1 MB)

Afterwards install the
xdel64.zip (14KB)



Windows Itanium
Please make sure that the necessary runtime .dlls are installed on your system. This prerequisites package can be downloaded from Microsoft:

vcredist_IA64.exe for Vs2005 Sp1 (6.1 mb)

Afterwards install the
xdelItanium.zip (19KB)