Emacs Lisp: Delete Current File

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's a emacs command that deletes the current file.

(defun xah-delete-current-file ()
  "Delete the file associated with the current buffer and close the buffer.
Also push file content to `kill-ring'.
If buffer is not file, just close it, and push file content to `kill-ring'.

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/elisp_delete-current-file.html'
Version 2015-08-12"
    (kill-new (buffer-string))
    (when (buffer-file-name)
      (when (file-exists-p (buffer-file-name))
          (delete-file (buffer-file-name))
          (message "Deleted: 「%s」." (buffer-file-name)))))
    (let ((buffer-offer-save nil))
      (set-buffer-modified-p nil)
      (kill-buffer (current-buffer)))))

This command is very convenient if you code dynamic language such as Python and often creates temp testing scripts.

Use it together with Emacs Lisp: Run Current File.

Also, you might want a command to make backup. Emacs Lisp: Make Backup of Current File

Also, it's useful when using emacs to view images. 〔➤see Emacs: View Image Files in Emacs

Here's another version. It makes a backup first, and does not push to emacs's clipboard.

(defun xah-delete-current-file-make-backup (&optional φno-backup-p)
  "Delete the file associated with the current buffer (also closes the buffer).

A backup file is created with filename appended “~‹date time stamp›~”. Existing file of the same name is overwritten. If the file is not associated with buffer, the backup file name starts with “xx_”.

When called with `universal-argument', don't create backup.

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/elisp_delete-current-file.html'
Version 2015-05-26"
  (interactive "P")
  (let* (
         (ξfname (buffer-file-name))
         (ξbuffer-is-file-p ξfname)
         (ξbackup-suffix (concat "~" (format-time-string "%Y%m%dT%H%M%S") "~")))
    (if ξbuffer-is-file-p
          (save-buffer ξfname)
          (when (not φno-backup-p)
             (concat ξfname ξbackup-suffix)
          (delete-file ξfname)
          (message "Deleted. Backup created at 「%s」." (concat ξfname ξbackup-suffix)))
      (when (not φno-backup-p)
        (write-region (point-min) (point-max) (concat "xx" ξbackup-suffix))
        (message "Backup created at 「%s」." (concat "xx" ξbackup-suffix))))
    (kill-buffer (current-buffer))))
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