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Posted on 2003-10-21
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I am writing a HTML which basically selects a file to be parsed (eventually I am calling a servlet). This works fine with :

<input type=file name=uploadfile value='SelectFile'>

I would like to store the result in a directory as a .txt file. I am not able to select a directory where from my HTML. Does anyone have an idea how to do it either inHTML or JSP..
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Aarschie
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by:Gary
ID: 9595619
In just HTML no, and in JSP I don't think so.
Heres a link that may be handy
http://www.servlets.com/cos/index.html

Incidentally you cant set the value of a File tag.
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by:paStiSSet
ID: 9595812
i know you can use a php script, but i can't type it. ask in the php directory, is very easy, hope experts answer quickly :)
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by:miskate
ID: 9597064
for security reasons you cannot preset the  contents of a file input type. You also cannot change its value using javascript. This is to prevent websites uploading files from your computer that you haven't said they could upload.

You may be able to do it using a java applet or activex component or some other plugin.
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by:savalou
ID: 9599804
If the servlet that's processing your file could send the results back with a mime-type other than text, so that the browser asks the user what to do with it, like when you download software, that might be one way to go.
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by:VincentPuglia
ID: 9599997
Hi,

  Are you asking how to save the uploaded file to a particular directory on the server?  Or how to save a file (not necessarily the uploaded file) to a directory on the user's machine?

Vinny
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by:aarschie
ID: 9610845
Vinny,
To save a file on the users machine.
Thanks
Arschie
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by:VincentPuglia
ID: 9610959
Hi Arschie,

maybe you can adapt this:

function doit(contents)
{
  var contents = document.a.c.value;
  var txtFile = document.a.b.value;
  var fso, f1, ts, s
  var ForWriting= 2;
  fso = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
  ts = fso.OpenTextFile(txtFile, ForWriting)
  ts.WriteLine(contents)
  ts.Close()
}

//-->
</script>
</head>
<body>
<form name="a">
<input type="file" name="b">
<textarea name="c"></textarea>
<input type="button" value="do it" onclick='doit()'>
</form>
</body>
</html>

Vinny
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by:aarschie
ID: 9611122
I am not able to run this.
It's giving error on page.

Probably it is due to Active X
Arschie
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VincentPuglia earned 2000 total points
ID: 9613615
Hi,
   The above will work only if:
1) you are running in a windows environment and
2) you have Scrrun.dll in the windows\system32 folder

Vinny
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by:wilslm
ID: 9844487
I dont think html is able to process this kind of things. i dont know about JSP but I'm sure php does this
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by:Michel Plungjan
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