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Posted on 2008-06-19
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Hi All

Hope someone can help with this, its how to upload a file without using the file input tag and the browse button.

What I have is an application that takes a file and uploads it, using the file type and browse and it's fine. The path is stored in a database for later use.

That later use is to take the file and move it to another server (production), so I already have the location of the file in the database, and I dont want the users to have to browse to it, rather I want to use the database location.

But there seems to be some other 'hidden' things that happen when you use the file input tag, that I cant replicate with a textbox, set to readonly.

Any ideas?

Andy
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by:Loganathan Natarajan
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want to upload through html form / web page???
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by:Andy Green
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Yes, but not use the input tag 'file', I have to use the text tag for the file.

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Loganathan Natarajan earned 750 total points
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Sorry, you cannot simply upload files without using <input file type control.
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by:Loganathan Natarajan
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i mean through HTTP? .,
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by:Andy Green
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I know but does anyone have a fudge, like maybe changing the inner html on the control, or javascript to go and grab the file on form submit.

Always hopeful

Andy
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by:Ray Paseur
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Andy: You can do file uploads in Flash, and you might consider posting your query over in that zone.

What language is available on your server?  If you have PHP, I can show you how to prepopulate the file upload with the name.

Also, you may want to read this page:
http://www.quirksmode.org/dom/inputfile.html

HTH, ~Ray
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by:Andy Green
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Thanks for link - looking at it now.

Web Server is IIS 6 and ASP 3. I have tried to pre populate the file upload and set it to read only but apparently it cant be done.

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by:Andy Green
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Thanks both.

In the end I did it with FSO on the server.

I Have shared the points

Andy
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