Monday, April 25, 2011

Delete Directory from ASP.NET application returns to new session

I'm deleting a directory from within an ASP.NET application. The deletion goes fine, but when I return from it all my session data from before the delete is lost.
It doesn't matter whether I use:

                if (Directory.Exists(folderPath))
                    Directory.Delete(folderPath, true);


                System.IO.DirectoryInfo d = new System.IO.DirectoryInfo(folderPath);
                if (d.Exists)

In both cases I lose my session data.

Has anyone run into this problem?

From stackoverflow
  • Is the directory within the same application? Then deleting it will cause an AppDomain restart, which will result in loss of session state.

    Lea Cohen : The directory is in a virtual directory in the application. Is there a way to get around the AppDomain restart?
    John Saunders : No, not that I know of. Directories within the web site should not be used for storage.
  • Yes! Deleting a directory IIS is serving, causes a reset (or something). I have had this problem, I redesigned the app to not delete directories.

    Shame on the -1 for the question, this is a real problem. +1 for someone with a fix.

  • If you are deleting a subdirectory within your application, your app domain will restart. This removes all session data. To alleviate this issue, only add/remove directories outside your application home directory.


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