DeleteFile Event

Fires when the OS needs to delete a file or directory.


virtual int FireDeleteFile(CBFSDeleteFileEventParams *e);
typedef struct {
const char *FileName;
void *FileContext;
int ResultCode; int reserved; } CBFSDeleteFileEventParams;
virtual INT FireDeleteFile(CBFSDeleteFileEventParams *e);
typedef struct {
LPVOID FileContext;
INT ResultCode; INT reserved; } CBFSDeleteFileEventParams;


This event fires when the OS has decided to delete the file or directory specified by FileName.

To handle this event properly, applications must perform any actions needed to delete the specified file or directory from their backend storage. If the UseHardLinks property is enabled, a file's data should only be deleted when its last hard link is deleted; please refer to the Hard Links topic for more information.


  • A deletion cannot be cancelled from this event; applications that wish to prevent a deletion must do so via the CanFileBeDeleted event.
  • This event fires immediately after the last CloseFile event. If the application disposes of the FileContext in the CloseFile event handler, it will be invalid when this event fires. The CloseFile event includes a DeleteFile parameter that helps address this situation.

The FileContext parameter is a placeholder for application-defined data associated with the file. Please refer to the Contexts topic for more information.

The ResultCode parameter will always be 0 when the event is fired. If the event cannot be handled in a "successful" manner for some reason (e.g., a resource isn't available, security checks failed, etc.), set it to a non-zero value to report an appropriate error. Please refer to the Error Reporting and Handling topic for more information.

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