Function

CFURLCreateFileReferenceURL

Returns a new file reference URL that points to the same resource as a specified URL.

Declaration

CFURLRef CFURLCreateFileReferenceURL(CFAllocatorRef allocator, CFURLRef url, CFErrorRef *error);

Parameters

allocator

The allocator to use to allocate memory for the new CFURL object. Pass NULL or kCFAllocatorDefault to use the current default allocator.

url

The URL.

error

The error that occurred if the URL could not be created.

Return Value

The new file reference URL, or NULL if an error occurs.

Discussion

File reference URLs use a URL path syntax that identifies a file system object by reference, not by path. This form of file URL remains valid when the file system path of the URL’s underlying resource changes.

If the original URL is a file path URL, this function returns a copy of the URL converted into a file reference URL. If the original URL is a file reference URL, this function returns the original. If the original URL is not a file URL, this function returns nil.

File reference URLs cannot be created to file system objects which do not exist or are not reachable. This function returns nil instead.

In some areas of the file system hierarchy, file reference URLs cannot be generated to the leaf node of the URL path.

See Also

Creating a CFURL

CFURLCopyAbsoluteURL

Creates a new CFURL object by resolving the relative portion of a URL against its base.

CFURLCreateAbsoluteURLWithBytes

Creates a new CFURL object by resolving the relative portion of a URL, specified as bytes, against its given base URL.

CFURLCreateByResolvingBookmarkData

Returns a new URL made by resolving bookmark data.

CFURLCreateCopyAppendingPathComponent

Creates a copy of a given URL and appends a path component.

CFURLCreateCopyAppendingPathExtension

Creates a copy of a given URL and appends a path extension.

CFURLCreateCopyDeletingLastPathComponent

Creates a copy of a given URL with the last path component deleted.

CFURLCreateCopyDeletingPathExtension

Creates a copy of a given URL with its last path extension removed.

CFURLCreateFilePathURL

Returns a new file path URL that refers to the same resource as a specified URL.

CFURLCreateFromFileSystemRepresentation

Creates a new CFURL object for a file system entity using the native representation.

CFURLCreateFromFileSystemRepresentationRelativeToBase

Creates a CFURL object from a native character string path relative to a base URL.

CFURLCreateFromFSRef

Creates a URL from a given directory or file.

Deprecated
CFURLCreateWithBytes

Creates a CFURL object using a given character bytes.

CFURLCreateWithFileSystemPath

Creates a CFURL object using a local file system path string.

CFURLCreateWithFileSystemPathRelativeToBase

Creates a CFURL object using a local file system path string relative to a base URL.

CFURLCreateWithString

Creates a CFURL object using a given CFString object.