Get -Delete Command Not Deleting Files Intermittently

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Get -Delete Command Not Deleting Files Intermittently

I have a script that does get -delete * and sometimes it will not delete the file because it says it's still in use on the server.

Here's a snippet of the log:
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.250 Changing directory to "/Some/Irrelevant/Path".
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.266 Getting current directory name.
< 2023-04-18 11:30:04.266 Script: /Some/Irrelevant/Path
> 2023-04-18 11:30:04.266 Script: get -delete * .\
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.266 Listing directory "/Some/Irrelevant/Path".
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.290 Trying to open directory "/Some/Irrelevant/Path".
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.331 Getting current directory name.
< 2023-04-18 11:30:04.331 Script: /Some/Irrelevant/Path
> 2023-04-18 11:30:04.332 Script: get -delete * .\
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.332 Listing directory "/Some/Irrelevant/Path".
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.479 Copying 1 files/directories to local directory ".\" - total size: 3,917
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.479 File: '/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx' [2023-04-18T14:02:00.000Z] [3917]
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.479 Copying "/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx" to local directory started.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.482 Opening remote file.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.532 Copying 1 files/directories to local directory ".\" - total size: 3,917
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.532 File: '/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx' [2023-04-18T14:02:00.000Z] [3917]
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.533 Copying "/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx" to local directory started.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.533 Opening remote file.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.716 Copying 1 files/directories to local directory ".\" - total size: 3,917
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.716 File: '/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx' [2023-04-18T14:02:00.000Z] [3917]
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.716 Copying "/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx" to local directory started.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.716 Opening remote file.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.756 Preserving timestamp [2023-04-18T14:02:00.000Z]
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.756 Transfer done: '/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx' => 'C:\Cognos\INCOMING\SomeFile-en-us.xlsx' [3917]
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.756 Deleting file "/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx".
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.884 Confirming overwriting of file.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.974 Preserving timestamp [2023-04-18T14:02:00.000Z]
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.974 Transfer done: '/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx' => 'C:\Cognos\INCOMING\SomeFile-en-us.xlsx' [3917]
. 2023-04-18 11:30:04.974 Deleting file "/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx".
* 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 (EOSError) System Error.  Code: 32.
* 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process
. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Asking user:
. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Error deleting file '/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx'. ("Permission denied.
. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Asking user:

. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Can't create file '.\SomeFile-en-us.xlsx'. ("System Error.  Code: 32.
< 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Script: Error deleting file '/Some/Irrelevant/Path/SomeFile-en-us.xlsx'.
< 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Script: Can't create file '.\SomeFile-en-us.xlsx'.
< 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Script: System Error.  Code: 32.
< 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Script: Permission denied.
e file because it is being used by another process
< 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Error code: 3
< 2023-04-18 11:30:05.064 Error message from server (en): Permission denied
. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 Answer: Skip
. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 Copying finished: Transferred: 3,917, Elapsed: 0:00:00, CPS: 6,178/s
* 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 (ESkipFile) Can't create file '.\SomeFile-en-us.xlsx'.
* 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 System Error.  Code: 32.
* 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process
. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 Copying finished: Transferred: 0, Elapsed: 0:00:00, CPS: 0/s
> 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 Script: close
. 2023-04-18 11:30:05.113 Closing connection.
The company that manages the SFTP server is saying that our client is sending the commands too fast and is pushing it as our problem.

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Re: Get -Delete Command Not Deleting Files Intermittently

I'd argue that it's their problem.
Anyway, if the server is not able to handle consecutive download and delete, then you cannot use get -delete with this particular server.

Either you can use:
get *
rm *
But that's not transactionally safe – you might end up deleting files you didn't download.

If you need transactionally safe solution, you will need to use more complex solution, like shown here: Deleting remote files after successful remote to local synchronization

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