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Problem using CFHTTP to post a .docx file

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I have an application that uses a resume parsing service.  If I upload the file with a standard form, the service is able to parse the file just fine.  If I POST the file with a CFHTTP tag, the service errors out.

Is there anything further I need to do with my CFHTTP or CFHTTPPARAM tags to further mimic a "standard" form POSTing?

<html>
<head>
	<title>HTTP Post Test</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>HTTP Post Test</h1>
 
<CFSET variables.str_url = "XxXxXxXxX">
<CFSET variables.str_did = "XxXxXxXxX">
<CFSET variables.str_pid = "XxXxXxXxX">
<CFSET variables.str_cid = "XxXxXxXxX">
<CFSET variables.str_file = "XxXxXxXxX/test5.docx">
 
<!---  This does NOT work  --->
<CFHTTP url="#variables.str_url#" method="post" redirect="yes" useragent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729)">
	<CFHTTPPARAM type="formfield" name="did" value="#variables.str_did#">
	<CFHTTPPARAM type="formfield" name="pid" value="#variables.str_pid#">
	<CFHTTPPARAM type="formfield" name="cid" value="#variables.str_cid#">
	<CFHTTPPARAM type="file" name="document" mimetype="multipart/form-data" file="#variables.str_file#">
</CFHTTP>
 
<CFOUTPUT>
<CFIF StructKeyExists(cfhttp,"filecontent")>
	#cfhttp.filecontent#
</CFIF>
 
<!---  This DOES work  --->
<form action="#variables.str_url#" method="POST" name="frmupload" enctype="multipart/form-data">
	<input type="hidden" name="did" value="#variables.str_did#">
	<input type="hidden" name="pid" value="#variables.str_pid#">
	<input type="hidden" name="cid" value="#variables.str_cid#">
	<input type="file" name="document">
	<input type="submit" name="submit_upload" value="upload">
</form>
</CFOUTPUT>
</body>
</html>

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1) method needs to be "PUT"
2) Your mime type (for type=file) needs to be the mimetype of the file you are "PUTTING"
multipart/form-data is Not a mimetype
docx is "application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document"

good luck ...
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by:aseusainc
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Ended up using another method completely.  Resume parsing service has a SOAP web service that I was able to invoke.
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by:dgrafx
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sure ok great ...
but getting back to the question you asked - what I posted is correct.
You can use it for the future when you don't have a prefab web service to rely on.

good luck ...
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by:aseusainc
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I still intend to go back and test that real quick.  Will post my findings soon.
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Changing the MIME type and PUT didn't change anything.  Anyway, switched to the webservice method.

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