After opening an image Image.FromFile( fileName ); I can't delete it. RRS feed

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  • Hi all. I have an app maintains a list of images from a directory.  For each name, I need to open that image, get the bytes and send the bytes back to the caller, but... I also need to delete the image once I've processed it.  

    I have this function here pulls a file name from a list, that opens the image from the hard drive, gets the bytes into a byte array and tries to then delete the file from the disk.  However, I keep getting an error

      Message=Access to the path 'K:\TestImages\5.png' is denied.

            public byte[] PullNextImage( )
                string nextFile = DequeueNextImageName( );
                if( nextFile == "" )
                    return null;
                _currentImage   = Image.FromFile( nextFile );
                byte[] next     = ImageToByteArray( );
                _currentImage.Dispose( );
                _currentImage = null;
                if( next != null && next.Length > 0 )
                    File.Delete( nextFile );
                return next;

    So, I've pulled the bytes out of the image, I've disposed it, set it to null but I still get this error, what else am I supposed to do to do?

    I know for a fact it's not a general file permissions issue with this file because if run this exact same function but I take out all the image processing, it will delete the file just fine.  

            public byte[ ] PullNextImage( )
                string nextFile = DequeueNextImageName( );
                if( nextFile == "" )
                    return null;
                File.Delete( nextFile );
                return null;


    • Edited by m00n Friday, March 8, 2019 9:31 PM
    Friday, March 8, 2019 9:30 PM

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  • Hello,

    You could clone the image which once the image is read in the object is disposed.

    public Bitmap ClonedImage(string pPath)
        Bitmap imageClone = null;
        Image imageOriginal = Image.FromFile(pPath);
        imageClone = new Bitmap(imageOriginal.Width, imageOriginal.Height);
        Graphics gr = Graphics.FromImage(imageClone);
        gr.SmoothingMode = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.SmoothingMode.None;
        gr.InterpolationMode = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.InterpolationMode.NearestNeighbor;
        gr.PixelOffsetMode = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.PixelOffsetMode.HighSpeed;
        gr.DrawImage(imageOriginal, 0, 0, imageOriginal.Width, imageOriginal.Height);
        return imageClone;

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    Friday, March 8, 2019 9:48 PM
  • Hi Karen... I think I have a working solution after doing some digging.... 

    public byte[] PullNextImage( ) { string nextFile = DequeueNextImageName( ); if( nextFile == "" ) return null; byte[] next = null; using( FileStream f = new FileStream( nextFile, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read ) ) { _currentImage = Image.FromStream( f );

    // Get the byte[] array from _currentImage next = ImageToByteArray( );

    f.Close( ); _currentImage.Dispose( ); _currentImage = null; File.Delete( nextFile ); } return next; }


    Friday, March 8, 2019 10:14 PM
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    Monday, March 11, 2019 1:58 AM