Instance Method


Interprets the receiver as a system-independent path and fills a buffer with a C-string in a format and encoding suitable for use with file-system calls.


func getFileSystemRepresentation(_ cname: UnsafeMutablePointer<Int8>, maxLength max: Int) -> Bool



Upon return, contains a C-string that represent the receiver as as a system-independent path, plus the NULL termination byte. The size of buffer must be large enough to contain max​Length bytes.


The maximum number of bytes in the string to return in buffer (including a terminating NULL character, which this method adds).

Return Value

true if buffer is successfully filled with a file-system representation, otherwise false (for example, if max​Length would be exceeded or if the receiver can’t be represented in the file system’s encoding).


This method operates by replacing the abstract path and extension separator characters (‘/’ and ‘.’ respectively) with their equivalents for the operating system. If the system-specific path or extension separator appears in the abstract representation, the characters it is converted to depend on the system (unless they’re identical to the abstract separators).

Note that this method only works with file paths (not, for example, string representations of URLs).

The following example illustrates the use of the max​Length argument. The first method invocation returns failure as the file representation of the string (@"/mach_kernel") is 12 bytes long and the value passed as the max​Length argument (12) does not allow for the addition of a NULL termination byte.

char filenameBuffer[13];
BOOL success;
success = [@"/mach_kernel" getFileSystemRepresentation:filenameBuffer maxLength:12];
// success == NO
// Changing the length to include the NULL character does work
success = [@"/mach_kernel" getFileSystemRepresentation:filenameBuffer maxLength:13];
// success == YES

See Also

Related Symbols

var file​System​Representation:​ Unsafe​Pointer<Int8>

A file system-specific representation of the receiver.