resolveSymbolicLinksSync method

String resolveSymbolicLinksSync()

Resolves the path of a file system object relative to the current working directory.

Resolves all symbolic links on the path and resolves all .. and . path segments.

resolveSymbolicLinksSync uses the operating system's native file system API to resolve the path, using the realpath function on linux and OS X, and the GetFinalPathNameByHandle function on Windows. If the path does not point to an existing file system object, resolveSymbolicLinksSync throws a FileSystemException.

On Windows the .. segments are resolved before resolving the symbolic link, and on other platforms the symbolic links are resolved to their target before applying a .. that follows.

To ensure the same behavior on all platforms resolve .. segments before calling resolveSymbolicLinksSync. One way of doing this is with the Uri class:

var path = Uri.parse('.').resolveUri(Uri.file(input)).toFilePath();
if (path == '') path = '.';
var resolved = File(path).resolveSymbolicLinksSync();

since Uri.resolve removes .. segments. This will result in the Windows behavior.

On Windows, a symbolic link is created as either a file link or a directory link. Attempting to resolve such a symbolic link requires the link type to match the type of the file system object that it points to, otherwise it throws a PathAccessException.


String resolveSymbolicLinksSync() {
  var result = _resolveSymbolicLinks(_Namespace._namespace, _rawPath);
  _throwIfError(result, "Cannot resolve symbolic links", path);
  return result;