Access files ouside web context

Have an application in Java running on JBoss 4.0.4 on teh Windows environment. I need to launch (display in browser) a pdf file that does not exist in the web context defined for the app server. The file exists on a network drive.
1) Is there a way to directly launch the file with a URL?
2) If not, is reading and writing bytes the only way out? As this is a pdf file reading and recreating it in browser would need some third-party java libraries which I do not want to get into.
Thanks.
ptjhaAsked:
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objectsCommented:
> 1) Is there a way to directly launch the file with a URL?

no

> 2) If not, is reading and writing bytes the only way out? As this is a pdf file reading and recreating it in browser would need some third-party java libraries which I do not want to get into.

yes only eway, but you don't need to 3rd party library as you only need to stream the bytes. you don't need to decode them

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CEHJCommented:
You would just get the web environment to read the file (see my answer to your other question) then stream it as pdf. Most browsers will cope with it
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