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From Christopher Kirk <>
Subject Progmatically retriving files in WEB-INF
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2001 16:39:39 GMT

Hopefully somebody could point out where I am going wrong...

I am using WAR deployment under Tomcat3.2.1 on a WinNT4 box.

I have placed a file (me.txt) in the WEB-INF directory, and have written the
following servlet which tries to read the file.

public class MercuryServlet extends HttpServlet{
  public void init() throws ServletException {

    InputStream inputStream
    = getServletConfig().getServletContext().getResourceAsStream("me.txt");

    if (inputStream == null) {
    } else {
     System.out.println("NOT NULL");

However, inputStream is always null!   Am I approaching this the wrong way,
or is this a bug in Tomcat?  (I have searched the bug database and failed to
find anything so I suspect my understanding of the Servlet spec is faulty).

I thought that the ServletContext object was used to access the WEB-INF
directory.. ?

Thanx in advance,

- Chris.


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