The Great and Terrible implementation of MPI-2

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Deletes a file
int MPI_File_delete(
  char *filename,
  MPI_Info info

int MPI_File_delete(
  wchar_t *filename,
  MPI_Info info


[in] name of file to delete (string)
[in] info object (handle)


MPI_FILE_DELETE deletes the file identified by the file name filename. If the file does not exist, MPI_FILE_DELETE raises an error in the class MPI_ERR_NO_SUCH_FILE.

The info argument can be used to provide information regarding file system specifics. The constant MPI_INFO_NULL refers to the null info, and can be used when no info needs to be specified.

If a process currently has the file open, the behavior of any access to the file (as well as the behavior of any outstanding accesses) is implementation dependent. In addition, whether an open file is deleted or not is also implementation dependent. If the file is not deleted, an error in the class MPI_ERR_FILE_IN_USE or MPI_ERR_ACCESS will be raised. Errors are raised using the default error handler.

Example Code

The following sample code illustrates MPI_File_delete.

#include "mpi.h"
#include <stdio.h>

int main( int argc, char *argv[] )
    MPI_Fint handleA, handleB;
int rc;
    int errs = 0;
int rank;
    MPI_File cFile;

    MPI_Init( &argc, &argv );
    MPI_Comm_rank( MPI_COMM_WORLD, &rank );
    rc = MPI_File_open( MPI_COMM_WORLD, "temp", MPI_MODE_RDWR | MPI_MODE_CREATE, MPI_INFO_NULL, &cFile );
if (rc) {
        printf( "Unable to open file \"temp\"\n" );fflush(stdout);
    else {
        rc = MPI_File_close( &cFile );
        if (rank == 0) {
            rc = MPI_File_delete( "temp", MPI_INFO_NULL );
if (rc) {
                printf( "Unable to delete file \"temp\"\n" );fflush(stdout);
    return 0;