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From "Michael McLawhorn" <>
Subject Re: File access from a servlet.
Date Tue, 17 Dec 2002 18:46:00 GMT
Servlets have different security restrictions on which files they can touch 
and interact with.

>From: Patrick Martz <>
>Reply-To: "Tomcat Users List" <>
>To: "''" <>
>Subject: File access from a servlet.
>Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 10:42:00 -0800
>Hi all.
>I'm currently working on a java servlet with tomcat and I want it to be 
>to load a different data file dependent on certain parameters passed to the
>servlet. The problem is that if I just try to open the file with the file
>name (i.e. FileInputStream fin = new FileInputStream("blah.dta");) it fails
>to find the file. I am guessing this is because the runtime directory is
>different from the directory the servlet is running in? (the data file and
>the servlet are in the same directory, but the servlet fails to find the
>file still). So my question is, is there a way to get the current runtime
>directory for Tomcat so that I can perhaps supply a relative path to get to
>the file and have the servlet be able to open it? Thanks!
>P.S. For debugging purposes I HAVE tested opening of the file from a stub
>class and it works just fine that way, but fails from the servlet.
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