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Chapter 4 - Alias Manager / Using the Alias Manager

Maintaining Alias Records

You can store alias records as resources of type 'alis'.

   rAliasType = 'alis'; {resource type for saved alias records}
To store and retrieve resources, use the standard Resource Manager functions (AddResource, GetResource, and GetNamedResource) described in the chapter "Resource Manager" in Inside Macintosh: More Macintosh Toolbox. Listing 4-2 illustrates one way to save an alias record as a resource in a document file's resource fork.

Listing 4-2 Storing an alias record as a resource

FUNCTION DoSaveAlias (myDoc: FSSpec; myAliasHdl: AliasHandle): OSErr;
   myErr: OSErr;
   myFile: Integer;           {file ref number of document's resource fork}
   kID = 129;
   kName = 'Dictionary Alias';
   myFile := FSpOpenResFile(myDoc, fsCurPerm);
   IF myFile = -1 THEN        {couldn't open the document's resource fork}
         DoSaveAlias := ResError;
   AddResource(Handle(myAliasHdl), rAliasType, kID, kName);
   myErr := ResError;         {check for errors adding resource}
   IF myErr = noErr THEN
         myErr := ResError;   {check for errors writing resource}
   DoSaveAlias := myErr;
Note that DoSaveAlias assumes that the file specified by the myDoc parameter already has a resource fork and that the file is not yet open. Your application might have different requirements.

To update an alias record, use the UpdateAlias function. You typically call UpdateAlias any time you know that the target of an alias record has been renamed
or otherwise changed. You are most likely to call UpdateAlias after a call to the MatchAlias function. If MatchAlias identifies a single target, it sets a flag telling
you whether or not the key information about the target file matches the information in the alias record. It is the responsibility of your application to update the record.

The ResolveAlias function automatically updates an alias record if any of the key information about the identified target does not match the information in the record.

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