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Re: NSURL-based replacement for NSTemporaryDirectory()?

On Apr 5, 2012, at 5:59 PM, Sean McBride wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm trying to get rid of the last bits of NSString path-based file code, and am looking to replace NSTemporaryDirectory().
> I've tried this:
> NSError* error = nil;
> NSURL* url = [fileManager URLForDirectory:NSItemReplacementDirectory
>                                 inDomain:NSUserDomainMask
>                        appropriateForURL:nil
>                                   create:YES
>                                    error:&error];
> but it returns nil (with no error, bah).  If I pass something for 'appropriateForURL', it does work, but what to pass when you just want any old temp directory?
> (Since someone will ask: my exact usage case is in unit test code, I need to test a file reader/writer, and just need a place to dump my files.)

NSItemReplacementDirectory isn’t what you want either; that’s supposed to be used for implementing a safe save feature, IIRC.

Probably your best bet is [NSURL fileURLWithPath:NSTemporaryDirectory()]. It’s not ideal, but I think it’s the best we’ve got at the moment. I actually still use the FSFindFolder() API and then use CFURLCreateFromFSRef() to get a URL, but that’s looking less and less like a good solution these days. I actually filed a radar report on this last week (rdar://11142974); there are actually quite a lot of directories that are not available via -URLForDirectory:inDomain:bla:bla:bla: that were available via the older FSFindFolder() API, many of which were quite useful. A few of them are:


And a whole lot more. Feel free to file a radar report yourself if you agree that -URLForDirectory:etc:etc:etc:etc: needs to be beefed up; Apple uses duplicate radar reports to prioritize fixes.



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