Empty folders are really empty?

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Biff
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Empty folders are really empty?

Post by Biff » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:44 am

The folders being shown as empty, are they always, without exception, really empty? Or are folders with sub folders and / or 0 byte files considered to be empty:
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So could I remove shown folders to be empty without problems?

void
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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by void » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:16 am

The empty: search finds folders that are empty in the Everything index. This may be different to what is actually on disk.

For NTFS volumes with no exclude filters, emtpy: should be very accurate.

Please double check with Right click -> Properties (Alt + Enter) and make sure number of subfolders and files is 0.

Biff
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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by Biff » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:35 am

I have many thounds of emtpy folders, so I could select thousands or 377 ones for example of them and press ALT+ENTER and if it shows 0 files (Dateien) I can delete all of them? But that would not work (correctly) for exFAT volumes?

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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by void » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:39 am

I can tell you they are empty if the property page shows 0 files.
It's up to you if you want to delete them.
But that would not work (correctly) for exFAT volumes?
Everything may not be able to detect all changes to exFAT, you can use the same property page to see if the selected folders are truly empty.

Biff
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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by Biff » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:50 am

I can tell you they are empty if the property page shows 0 files.
It's up to you if you want to delete them.
Yes, well, well, I would say so too. I want to remove them if they are really empty, if not I don't.
Everything may not be able to detect all changes to exFAT, you can use the same property page to see if the selected folders are truly empty.
Alright, so the same procedure as above.

Many thanks

therube
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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by therube » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:34 pm

Note the difference between

empty:

and

size:0 folder:

Biff
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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by Biff » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:59 pm

Alright, I will try to, thank you.

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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by NotNull » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:27 pm

I would suggest you expand yor Everything query from I: empty: to

Code: Select all

I: empty: !attributes:L
That way you exclude folders like "C:\Documents and Settings", so you don't accidentally try to delete those (You can recognize reparse point folders like these by the shortcut link symbol in their icon).

Biff
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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by Biff » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:42 pm

Alright, I will expand that query, thank you very much!

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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by void » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:37 am

Just to clarify, empty: means no subfolders and no files.

If you want to search for folders with no subfolders, search for: childfoldercount:0
If you want to search for folders with no files, search for: childfilecount:0

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Re: Empty folders are really empty?

Post by Biff » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:37 am

Thank you, I will add those to new filters.

By the way, may be a field for notations (may be in "Edit filters") would be good.

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