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form upload - select image from server

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Hello All,

I have a form with a working upload file field. The operation is typical. The user selects a file from their pc and uploads.

I'd like to add a feature where the user has the option to select a file located in a directory on my server.

Let's say the directory is http://mySite.com/images. There are several images in this directory. I'd like to give the user the option to open this directory and select an image. The user still needs  to have the option to select a file from thier pc.

I hope someone can help.

Many thanks.
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You will need to build a custom file browser or download an open-source app.  You can't browse to the server's file system through the file browser that pops up from an HTML file input field.
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Any suggestions for open source apps?
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Actually I think you are really going to be better off writing it yourself.  Most open-source apps are full blown file management systems and will be far larger programs than you need and will be far more complex than needed.  Consider it a good learning opportunity and write it, in my opinion.  Everything you need to do like listing a dir, copying files, moving files, deleting files, etc. is fairly easy to do and sample code for these things is very accessible via Google.  I can tell you this with confidence because I've done this before.

You can find some good open-source stuff for this here: http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/category/goodies/file-folder/

I warn you though, that as pretty as some of these may appear, an installation and customization to fit your needs may take more effort than starting from scratch.  Good luck to you, I wish there was more I could do.
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Are there any code helpers out there? Or links to a do-it-yourself solution (I've Googled to no avail - that's why I came here). IceCode has suggested that I not use an open-source app.
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I think I found something that may work for you, it's jQuery though.

http://code.google.com/p/jq-serverbrowse/

Personally, I love jQuery.
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Sorry IceCode. This does not get me there. It's not your fault. It is just way above my head. Thanks anyway....Still looking for a solution...
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Sorry but I don't think you are going to do much better without hiring a programmer.  :(

Good luck to you my friend.
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Perhaps you are right. I will award points even without my issue resolved. I'm forced to move in a different direction on this.
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I don't know if the answer was complete or not. I could not get my (limited) skills to make it work.
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