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Posted on 2004-08-12
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sorry, heres another noob question:
and i apologize if i use incorrect terminology.

on my local server ive been using a specific path name to reference my database location (i.e: C:\aspnet\database.mdb)
when i upload my website to the host how would i reference the database if it is in the same directory as the aspx file? i keep getting errors when i try to use like: /database.mdb or \database.mdb or just database.mdb
does it have something to do with server.MapPath ?? thanks a lot

     'set connection
      dim objConn as new OleDbConnection _
      ("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _
      "Data Source= what goes here?? ")
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by:Clif
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If it is in the same folder as the aspx, then reference it directly (no slashes needed):

 'set connection
      dim objConn as new OleDbConnection _
      ("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _
      "Data Source= myDatabase.mdb ")

Similarly, if it is in a subfolder of the current webfolder, you can reference it starting from the current aspx folder using backslashes *except* no backslash at the beginning:

 'set connection
      dim objConn as new OleDbConnection _
      ("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _
      "Data Source= databases\myDayabase.mdb ")

It's when it's outside of your current web folder tree that you get in trouble.
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by:danimbrogno
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for some reason that doesnt work... but ive solved the problem, i ended up using this code

("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; Data Source=" & server.mappath("products.mdb"))

Ill give the points if someone knows why i needed the server.mappath deal... it stumps me
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Bob Learned earned 250 total points
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Using Server.MapPath
http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/webtech/121799-1.shtml

"Each file on a Web server has two ways of being accessed - through a virtual path and through a physical path..."

Bob
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