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Chalaka
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Delete files in SharePoint

I have set up a copy job in SharePoint from one location to another and it is working. I want to create a delete function that should delete files in the destination if any files are deleted in the source location. I tried multiple methods but it's giving 404 files not found error.

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SudeepGhatakNZ
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Could you include your flow design logic (screenshot) in the forum?

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Sundeep_Malik
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Hey @Chalaka 

The file has already been deleted, thats why you are getting the error.

Sorry, but I dont know of any alternative for this.

 

 

@Expiscornovus 

@Pstork1

@v-yujincui-msft 

Any solutions?

Chalaka
Frequent Visitor

This was my flow.

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I'm trying the below one now. Not sure if it will work or not.

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v-yujincui-msft
Community Support
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Hi @Chalaka ,

 

Maybe you could try the following.

 

1. Here are my folders.

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2. Here is my Flow.

 

FileLeafRef eq '@{triggerOutputs()?['body/FileNameWithExtension']}'

 

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Result Screenshot:

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Best Regards,

Charlie Choi

SudeepGhatakNZ
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Multi Super User

Or you could simply try using SharePoint REST API.

See this

Solved: SharePoint Delete file, File identifier from a lis... - Power Platform Community (microsoft....

 

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Chalaka
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Thank you. I will try these suggestions and give you feedback. Also, I have missed one thing, it is not only a file, but it can also be a folder as well. Whatever the things delete in the source, the same files/folders should delete in the destination. 

Pstork1
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Yes it is possible.  The key is that the file Identifier is an encoded version of the path.  So if I have a variable called varFolder contains the base path for the destination file folder then the file identifier would be

encodeUriComponent(concat(variables('varFolder'),'/',triggerOutputs()?['body/FileNameWithExtension']))

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I tried this and it works for the files 😊 but it does not work if we delete a Folder. Any suggestions? 

Hi,

 

Could you please put a screenshot of how initialize variable should be? I tried but the variables are not picking up correctly. 

Sundeep_Malik
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@Chalaka 

Can you show what error you are getting or what are you putting in the expression. Maybe you are making a mistake there?

Chalaka
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I have managed to pass the variable. When deleting the folder, I'm getting below.

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Flow is like below

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SudeepGhatakNZ
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

Like I said, try the Rest API. The endpoint should look like this. You can use it for both files and folders

 

_api/web/GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl('/sites/Test-Site/test/Test')
_api/web/GetFileByServerRelativeUrl('/sites/Test-Site/test/Test.doc')

 

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Pstork1
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The variable is just the relative address of the document library and the destination folder.

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Pstork1
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The value that you are putting into URIencode should be the relative path to the document you want to delete.  Something like:

/Shared documents/otherdocs/filename.ext

The file identifier is just the path to the document, but all the special characters need to be encoded as there HTML equivalents.



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Hello,

 

I tried to delete folders, but it did not work for folders. Getting 404 path not found. But it works for file deletion.  

 

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SudeepGhatakNZ
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Multi Super User

Check this post

Solved: Re: Delete Folder in SharePoint via HTTP Action? - Power Platform Community (microsoft.com)

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Sudeep Ghatak
Microsoft MVP, Business Applications
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Hi Sudeep,

 

Thanks for the reply. I am trying this. 

I tried as below, but it is failing.

 

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Error : Bad request 400

serverRelativeUrl
Parameter name: Specified value is not supported for the serverRelativeUrl parameter.

SudeepGhatakNZ
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

You are using the incorrect REST endpoint.

I have uploaded a sample flow that will let you delete folders.

You could just use the default flow action to delete files.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AiSgXzNMOHCkz1dtqzCaOw-08Mk5?e=YuU6Sb

 

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