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Servlet, how to download file?

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I have generate an excel file from my servlet, under my document root's download directory, but how do I prompt the IE / user to save this xls file when they click on the link which will launch my servlet call. Please help. Thanks !
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Does your Servlet display something on the browser? You can have a hyper-link to the excel-file there. When the user clicks on it, it will prompt for download.
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Thanks CEHJ, it work perfectly in my OWN development environemnt, which is WinXP + Tomcat 5.0. But once I have uploaded to my production server (RedHat 9.0 + Tomcat 4.1.27), it does not success anymore. Even I have preset the filename for it, it doesn't allow me to download it. Any ideas? Please help. Thanks a lot !
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What IS happening exactly?
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It can prompt to save the file, but it is not the filename I preset from the servlet, it just prompt out another html page's name. And once I click on it, it gives me error message said it cannot be download, etc.... Please help. Thanks !
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Have you followed the example in that article exactly?
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Just a thought. Have you set the MIME-type correctly?
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>> it is not the filename I preset from the servlet

What file-name does it show and what file-name do you give in the Servlet? I guess it should show the original file-name.
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Ok with me.
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It worked fine to me.
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