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File not found in register tag

what the heck am I doing wrong here...this is a simple path

<%@ Register TagPrefix="aiu" Tagname="Footer" Src="../../Atest/Components/Footer.ascx"%>

That's inside my default.aspx

The structure is this:


the header and footer are in

Why is it saying it cannot find the header?  Is it because I'm trying to grab it from a different project?

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Elvio Lujan.Net Senior DeveloperCommented:
if you have diferent projects then you need to write the entrie path

<%@ Register TagPrefix="aiu" Tagname="Footer" Src="file://c:/MySolution1/MainWebProject/components/Footer.ascx"%>
Bob LearnedCommented:
You cannot get content from outside of that project into another.

It appears that when  you do relative linking that (with the ../) it does not allow you actually leave the asp.net application.  The reason is that is looking for a virtual path and a virtual path is relative to the root of the application.   you also can't do something like "~/../../filename".

You will need to put the custom control inside you application's virtual directory.
dba123Author Commented:
yea, well, I'm not hard coding a path like that to a c drive first off....very bad practice.

Second, I found out what they are doing was to add a virtual directory to the project to point to whatever directory in another in IIS then the application knows about it.  But the weird thing is, I can build my project but even though Intellisense complains abou tthe path, it ends up working becasue once the page is rendered to the browser, that virtual directory exists so that it can find that folder found in the other project.

To me this sounds messy.
dba123Author Commented:
what I did was to add it as a key in the webconfig as ~/components/whatever

and then it worked fine
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