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Delete added excel file if flow fails from Sharepoint

I have a flow that adds an excel file into the SharePoint library and starts to make some changes in the excel file. 
I want to delete the excel file if my flow fails.
I have tried using the ``delete file`` action, but it's not working. Probably, while flow running excel file is getting locked. 
Does anybody have an idea?

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HI @Serbay 


Can you please share the Power Automate and obfuscate anything private that you can't share so that I can have a better understanding of what you're trying to do and the issues.


I need to check what's your strategy to try to understand what may be wrong.


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sure here is a sample,


The last step is to delete the file if the run script action fails. Flow is working perfectly fine but doesn't delete the file if an error occurs.
If I go to SharePoint library and wants to delete it manually, it does display information as,


I'm assuming this is the reason why the file can not be deleted. It's getting locked by me cause of changes that I'm making during the flow run.

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Super User

Hi @Serbay 


Indeed we need to wait sometime for the changes to end and the file to be "released." How much time? We don't really know since it's not documented or can be predicted. These are the worse cases to deal with. 


I found an article where the author proposes a look at waits until the file is released


This may work, but I'm completely against "do until" actions, especially if you don't know when they will end. I would have a variable with the number of tries and, if it goes over, those tries stop the Flow.


Can you please check if and let me know if you have any questions?


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