Deleting a file or folder monitored by TortoiseSVN

If you are trying to delete a file or folder and it won’t let you by saying that it is being used by another process and you are sure that no other visible program has it opened, chances are it is being monitored by TSVNCache.exe, the background process that watches your file system for SVN related files and folders. Killing that process will allow you to delete the file or folder you need. Note that if you want to delete a file that is being versioned you should do it through the SVN delete command and not through Windows as you risk corrupting your working copy. This particular case applies to instances where you want to delete a folder that is no longer being version controlled. If it does not immediately work, then restarting your computer after deleting the SVN folders should do it.

Published by Abou Kone

I am a front end architect with 10+ years of experience in web development. The best part of the process for me is converting ideas into code and solving the technical problems that come along. Alongside providing technical leadership and architectural support to projects spanning multiple industries, I am also experienced in leading discussions with designers, developers, and business stakeholders helping to guide teams in turning complex business workflows or data into easy-to-use web and mobile interfaces. I believe in delivering high quality products and am constantly looking into improving the process and tools use to achieve this goal.

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