FileSystemFlags.create

Experimental

This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The create property on the FileSystemFlags dictionary is used to indicate whether or not the file should be created if it's missing. FileSystemFlags is only used when calling FileSystemDirectoryEntry.getFile() or FileSystemDirectoryEntry.getDirectory().

Syntax

fileSystemFlags.create = booleanValue

Values

The table below describes the result of each possible combination of these flags depending on whether or not the target file or directory path already exists.

Option values File/directory condition Result
create exclusive
false n/a[1] Path exists and matches the desired type (depending on whether the function called is getFile() or getDirectory() The successCallback is called with a FileSystemFileEntry if getFile() was called or a FileSystemDirectoryEntry if getDirectory() was called.
false n/a[1] Path exists but doesn't match the desired type The errorCallback is called with an appropriate error code (if the callback was provided).
true false Path exists The existing file or directory is removed and replaced with a new one, then the successCallback is called with a FileSystemFileEntry or a FileSystemDirectoryEntry, as appropriate.
true false Path doesn't exist The file or directory is created, then a FileSystemFileEntry or a FileSystemDirectoryEntry is passed to the successCallback, as appropriate.
true true Path exists The errorCallback is called with an appropriate error, such as FileError.PATH_EXISTS_ERR.
true true Path doesn't exist The file or directory is created, then a FileSystemFileEntry or a FileSystemDirectoryEntry is passed to the successCallback, as appropriate.

[1] When create is false, the value of exclusive is irrelevant and ignored.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
File and Directory Entries API
The definition of 'FileSystemFlags' in that specification.
Draft Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

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See also