Instance Method


Creates a link from a source to a destination.


- (BOOL)linkPath:(NSString *)src toPath:(NSString *)dest handler:(id)handler;



A path that identifies a source file or directory.

The file, link, or directory specified by source must exist.


A path that identifies a destination file or directory.

The destination should not yet exist. The destination path must end in a filename; there is no implicit adoption of the source filename.


An object that responds to the callback messages fileManager:willProcessPath: and fileManager:shouldProceedAfterError:. You can specify nil for handler; if you do so and an error occurs, the method automatically returns NO.

Return Value

YES if the link operation is successful. If the operation is not successful, but the handler method fileManager:shouldProceedAfterError: returns YES, also returns YES. Otherwise returns NO.


The handler callback mechanism is similar to delegation. NSFileManager sends fileManager:willProcessPath: when it begins a copy, move, remove, or link operation. It sends fileManager:shouldProceedAfterError: when it encounters any error in processing

Special Considerations

Because this method does not return error information, it has been deprecated as of OS X v10.5. Use removeItemAtPath:error: instead.

See Also

Related Symbols

- fileManager:willProcessPath:

An NSFileManager object sends this message to a handler immediately before attempting to move, copy, rename, or delete, or before attempting to link to a given path.

- fileManager:shouldProceedAfterError:

An NSFileManager object sends this message to its handler for each error it encounters when copying, moving, removing, or linking files or directories.

- linkItemAtURL:toURL:error:

Creates a hard link between the items at the specified URLs.

- moveItemAtPath:toPath:error:

Moves the file or directory at the specified path to a new location synchronously.

- createSymbolicLinkAtPath:withDestinationPath:error:

Creates a symbolic link that points to the specified destination.

- copyItemAtPath:toPath:error:

Copies the item at the specified path to a new location synchronously.

- removeItemAtPath:error:

Removes the file or directory at the specified path.