Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 65 / OCTOBER 1985 / PAGE 10

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Immortal PC Programs?
I have an IBM PC. Sometimes when I save a program and later try to erase it from my disk, the computer says "File not found." Yet when I load the program it is still there. How can I get rid of these unwanted programs?
Richard Bookal

You are evidently enclosing the filename in quotation marks when using the ERASE command from DOS. Although BASIC requires that you enclose or at least precede filenames with quotes, DOS does not-in fact it won't find an existing file when quotes are used. To delete a file from disk, use ERASE filename.ext from DOS or KILL "filename.ext" from BASIC. When you're KILLing a program, the second pair of quotes is optional.