How do I get the complete path from an HTML file input control?

Is there any way for me to get the directory and filename from an HTML file input control. It looks like document.getElementById['fileInput'].value only retrieves the filename, but I what I want to do is pass the file to a Java applet that will scan the entire directory for files with the same name (but different extensions) and zip them all into a single file. Thanks.
tjgquickenAsked:
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Murali MurugesanFull stack Java developerCommented:
I dont think i got your question completely.

 <form enctype="multipart/form-data">
  <input type="file" id="fileId"/>
  <input type="button" onclick="alert(document.getElementById('fileId').value);" value="Show Value"/>
  </form>

using the above code would give u the complete path for the file selected.  In order to get the file you need to use Oreilly Multipart request or Commons File upload to get the file contents loaded.

-Murali*
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
tjgquicken,

Javascript won't give you the full path.  The browser prevents clientside script from providing this.  If you have a a Java applet that is part of this page you will need to have it provide the file input field too.  Then you can get the path.  The browser and a normal input (file type) won't provide it to you.  There may be exceptions in older browsers but those are a few editions old by now and would not be reliable for a current site.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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tjgquickenAuthor Commented:
I was afraid of that...
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tjgquickenAuthor Commented:
Looks like I might have closed this question too soon... Does anybody know what will happen if I run a signed Javascript app -- will that let me capture the entire path and filename?
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
It would not.  Signed or unsigned the browser doesn't let the clientside script get that info.  Only a couple of older versions did, if I remember right, but that was considered a security flaw and corrected so no current one should.  Signing the script should not make a difference at all though.
A signed applet or ActiveX object would be a different thing though.  They would be worth signing so the browser would trust them more.
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tjgquickenAuthor Commented:
OK, thanks.
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