Windows : Can't delete a folder with a trailing space
Windows : Can’t delete a folder with a trailing space

Recently, I have received this error message while deleting a folder tree :
trailing_space1

trailing_space2

The cause is a trailing space in the folder name. The only to delete this folder is to run this command :
rd “\\?\G:\folder_with_a_trailing_space “

I have found this solution here

If you want to reproduce this problem, you can follow these steps :

  • from a linux box, mount a Windows shared folder
  • cd to the mounted drive
  • launch the command
    mkdir “folder_with_trailing_space “

You are now the happy owner of a folder with a trailing space.

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Reference

RD Command

Syntax

rmdir [Drive:]Path [/s] [/q]
rd [Drive:]Path [/s] [/q]

Parameters

[ Drive : ] Path : Specifies the location and name of the directory that you want to delete.
/s : Removes the specified directory and all subdirectories including any files. Use /s to remove a tree.
/q : Runs rmdir in quiet mode. Deletes directories without confirmation.
/? : Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks
  • Using rmdir at the Recovery Console
    The rmdir command, with different parameters, is available from the Recovery Console.
  • Cannot delete directory with hidden or system files
    You cannot delete a directory that contains files, including hidden or system files. If you attempt to do so, the following message appears:
    The directory not empty
    Use the dir command to list hidden and system files, and the attrib command to remove hidden and system attributes from files. For more information, see Related Topics.
  • Using the backslash character with the path parameter
    If you insert a backslash (\) before the first directory name in path, the directory is treated as a subdirectory of the root directory, regardless of your current directory. If you do not insert a backslash before the first directory name in path, the directory is treated as a subdirectory of the current directory.
  • Deleting the current directory
    You cannot use rmdir to delete the current directory. You must first change to a different directory (not a subdirectory of the current directory) and then use rmdir with a path. If you attempt to delete the current directory, the following message appears:
    The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.
Examples

To delete a directory named \User\Smith, first ensure that the directory is empty. To do this, type:
dir \user\smith /a
Only the “.” and “..” symbols should display.
Then, from any directory except \User\Smith, type:
rmdir \user\smith

To delete the directory \User and all of the subdirectories and files, type:
rmdir /s \user

Windows : Can’t delete a folder with a trailing space

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