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From "Pae Choi" <paec...@earthlink.net>
Subject Re: Problem with file URL
Date Mon, 07 Jan 2002 19:18:10 GMT
Hmm.. the communication between the browser(client) and
the file system(server) is not considered in the client-server
communication? An interesting comment.


Pae



> There appears to be confusion about the 'file://' protocol.
> 
> The "file://" protocol is really not a protocol at all, since there 
> are no client-server communications involved. 
> This 'false' protocol identifier is simply a 'nice' little feature
> that web-browsers implement (URL/URLConnection also
> implements this), that provides the means of displaying a
> file stored on the client system (or on a drive that is
> mounted on the client system).
> 
> The key here is 'client-system'. When you type a "file://"
> URL into your browser, your browser goes straight to
> your filesystem to get the file. It does not contact a web-server
> for this. 
> 
> If you want to retrieve a 'file' from a web server, you must 
> provide a URL that starts with 'http://' (or https://).
> 
> Hope this is helpful.
> 
> Tom Drake.
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Michael Wentzel" <wentzel@aswethink.com>
> To: "'Tomcat Users List'" <tomcat-user@jakarta.apache.org>
> Sent: Monday, January 07, 2002 9:44 AM
> Subject: RE: Problem with file URL
> 
> 
> | BTW, is there a reason this is that important to you?  How many users 
> | try to access a url using the file protocol instead of http?
> | 
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