Python shutil.rmtree: cannot remove git dir on win7

Simple test case with python 2.7 on windows 7 prof 64 bits:
via python I checkout a git project in a directory, let’s say, c:/temp/project.
Afterwards I delete it with the python command


After the command, the folder is empty (no hidden files) but it cannot be removed it self because of the following error:

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  • WindowsError: [Error 32] The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process: 'C:\\temp\\project'

    I’ve checked and git is not running at that moment (I’ve even tried a sleep(10) to be sure).
    I’ve tried this solution:

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    but it doesn’t work, same error.
    Tried a os.system('rmdir') but same error.
    Tried win32api.SetFileAttributes() function but same error.
    If I delete the folder via explorer, there’s no problem.

    How can I solve the problem?

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Python shutil.rmtree: cannot remove git dir on win7”

    You are probably executing the Python code inside the folder you are trying to remove.

    The OP was running in the wrong dir … but i found this thread for a problem using GitPython; seems like a common case, as git-python will hold handles to your repo if you don’t clean up in some odd ways:

    import gc, stat
    # now this will succeed: 

    the need for these gymnastics are due to both a bug, and by design. This bug describes the reasons:

    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.