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From Vadim Gritsenko <>
Subject Re: [WEB-INF] MicroStep #1: getRealPath()
Date Fri, 31 Jan 2003 16:38:02 GMT
Pier Fumagalli wrote:

>I see quite extensively throughout the code, the use of "getRealPath"... In
>my book, this is always true:
>new URL("file:" + getRealPath(x)).equals(getResource(x));
>Unless I overlooked something. I don't quite remember why it wasn't
>deprecated in Servlet 2.3, but definitely, to me, it doesn't make much
>What if as microstep #1 we deprecated getRealPath() in favor of
>getResource(), and went around in the entire code-base replacing and fixing
>Then in the getRealPath() call in both CommandlineContext and HttpContext
>should become something like
>public string getRealPath(String path) {
>    URL url = getResource(path);
>    if ("file".equals(url.getProtocol()) {
>        return new File(url.getPath()).absolutePath()
>    }
>    return(null);
>And would be deprecated... Is there something I _massively_ overlooked?

javac works only with files, resource just won't cut it. Some other 
places also need file instead of resource.

BTW, I recently greped source for WEB-INF and found that there are 
several places wich trying to find file. I propose to move this code 
into one place, say, CocoonServlet and Main, and save context file path 
into Context attribute - thus we can remove these calculations from 
other places.



>    Pier

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