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I have a few questions about Flash URL's (below).
Take for instance the following Flash codebase:

"http://active.macromedia.com/flash2/cabs/swflash.cab#version=4,0,0,0"


I understand the version portion but I can't find information about the other directories.

Why is it always flash2?  Why not Flash 4 or 5 if that is the version you're using?

What is the cabs directory? I can find no documentation in Flash on this.

Also, why does it say active as a prefix to macromedia.com. I have seen a few different prefixes at different times.

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I've increased the points since these are several short questions.
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You can change your codebase from
"http://active.macromedia.com/flash2/cabs/swflash.cab#version=4,0,0,0"

to

"http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=5,0,0,0"

Here you are checking version of flash player.

/****************************************************/
I can't find information about the other directories---

What type of information you needed of these directtories?
As per my knowledge, you are not able to find directory structure of there web site without proper permissions. You have to be autohorised user to access macromedia directory structure.

/*****************************************************/
Why is it always flash2?  Why not Flash 4 or 5 if that is the version you're using?

Which version of flash player you are using? In above codebse, I have not used any reference to flash2.

/*****************************************************/
What is the cabs directory? I can find no documentation in Flash on this.

As I said above you have to be authorised user on macromedia web server to access there file structure.
Macromedia flash player checking program resides into this directory.

/********************************************************/
Also, why does it say active as a prefix to macromedia.com. I have seen a few different prefixes at
different times.

Micromedia redirecting this url to there current active web server. It depends upon how web server setup is done.

All above your questions are related to macromedia web sites. Why you want there directory structure and setup of there web server?
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by:rimbaud
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Just curious because I'm trying to find a way to make my web pages parse Flash files quicker. I saw other Flash URL's with something other than "ACTIVE" as a prefix to the macromedia domain and thought maybe there was something to that. But I guess you explanation is simple and correct.
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by:rimbaud
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Root,

Forgot to ask you in following up....why does my web pages that have flash even need to go to a Macromedia URL? If the Flash files are created by me locally and stored on our site, why is there a call to Macromedia active servers?
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by:rootdir
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You are correct. You create flash files and if you are using these web pages yourself then ok. Because it's sure that you have flash plugin active in your browser.

   What happen if you published your web pages in your web site and somebody, who don't have flash plugin try to see your web page?.

   At this time above codebase redirect that user to macromedia site. Then he will able to install flash plugin on his browser and bingo....

   He will able to see your web pages.

Cheers
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