SMTP Send is locking up my files-c#




c# send email from outlook account (4)

I have a function thats sending messages ( a lot of them) and their attachments.

It basically loops through a directory structure and creates emails from a file structure for example

 c:\emails\message01
                \attachments
 c:\emails\message02
                \attachments

The creation of the messages takes place using .net c#, standard stuff.

After all messages are created... I have another function that runs directly afterwards that copies the message folder to another location.

Problem is - files are locked...

Note: I'm not moving the files, just copying them....

Any suggestions on how to copy locked files, using c#?

Update

I have this add attachments method

    private void AddAttachments(MailMessage mail)
    {
        string attachmentDirectoryPath = "c:\messages\message1";
        DirectoryInfo attachmentDirectory = new DirectoryInfo(attachmentDirectoryPath);
        FileInfo[] attachments = attachmentDirectory.GetFiles();
        foreach (FileInfo attachment in attachments)
        {
            mail.Attachments.Add(new Attachment(attachment.FullName));
        }
    }

    MailMessage email = new MailMessage();

    email.From = txtFrom.Text;
    email.To = txtToEmail.Text;
    email.Subject = txtMSubject.Text; 
    email.Body = txtBody.Text;

    SmtpClient mailClient = new SmtpClient();
    mailClient.Host = "smtp.emailAddress";
    mailClient.Port = 2525;
    mailClient.Send(email );
    email.Dispose();

    // After Disposing the email object you can call file delete

    if (filePath != "")
    {
      if (System.IO.File.Exists(filePath))
      {
        System.IO.File.Delete(filePath); 
      }
    }

hate answering my own post, but yeah for the next poor guy who has this problem here is the fix:

AFTER YOU SEND THE MESSAGE

        // Send the mail
        client.Send(message);

        //Clean up attachments
        foreach (Attachment attachment in message.Attachments)
        {
            attachment.Dispose();
        }

Dispose the attachments... clears the lock, and messages will still be sent with attachments. Dispose DOES NOT delete the files, just clears the attachments :)


Are you closing the files after you finish reading them? If you open them for reading, but don't close them when you're done, it should keep a lock on it until the program exits and automatically closes all the files.


I see this a lot when sending attachments. I normally use something like the following:

In the code that moves the files to a different location, you can use the following pattern:

Inside the loop for looping through the files

bool FileOk = false;
while (!FileOk)
{
   try
   {
      // code to move the file
      FileOk = true;
   }
   catch(Exception)
   {
      // do nothing or write some code to pause the thread for a few seconds.
   }

}




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