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how to remove empty folders in a directory. boost::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator can any one help me

for(boost::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator it(musicPaths); it != boost::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator(); ++it)
    if ( is_directory(it->status()) )
        boost::filesystem::path pp = it->path();
        if( is_empty( pp))
             // path removePath=it->path().filename();
            //string str = pp.string();
            bool bres=boost::filesystem3::remove(pp);
        //  boost::filesystem::current_path=pp.current_path();


the application crash.
Posted 7-Sep-12 0:07am
Updated 7-Sep-12 0:13am
Jochen Arndt186.5K
Jochen Arndt 7-Sep-12 6:43am
Where does it crash? Any messages?
You may add a try-catch block to your code:
// your code
catch (exception& e)
cout << e.what() << endl;
Chris Meech 7-Sep-12 13:25pm
Just a guess but perhaps the call to is_epmty() returns true when there are no files but the path may contain other directories.
c++-thinker 10-Sep-12 1:14am
ya u r right,

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Solution 1

I made a forum post ([Filesystem] remove and recursive_directory_iterator) on[^]. Not sure if it is a 'feature'. Turning the for loop into while and increment iterator before remove does the trick for me:

fs::recursive_directory_iterator it(pthDirectory);
fs::recursive_directory_iterator itEnd;
while (it != itEnd)
   boost::system::error_code  ec;
   const fs::path&            rPath = it->path();
   if (fs::is_directory(rPath, ec) && fs::is_empty(rPath, ec))
      const fs::path pth = rPath;
      fs::remove(pth, ec);

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