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My link to http handler is requiring me to use /...../xxx.ashx in my link????

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<link href='/httphandlers/GetCustomCSS.ashx' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />
           
I'm using the link above to access a http handler that I wrote and is located in my mvc folder under /httphandlers/...
 
I don't understand why I have to use the path /httphandlers/getCustomCSS.ashx to access this but, if I don't - I get a 404 not found.
The web config has it registered correctly as:  <add name="GetCustomCSS" path="GetCustomCSS.ashx" verb="GET" type="Portal.HttpHandlers.GetCustomCSS"  />
     
I should be able to link to this using:

<link href='GetCustomCSS.ashx' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />

but I cannot get this to work... It is just a minor issue but, I just don't understand why this is the case.  Every example I see, does not require you to use a path, after you register the mapping... so what is up?  Is it because the handler is contained in the httphandles folder of the mvc app? or what?
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by:jparlato
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It also is working if I use:

<link href='/GetCustomCSS.ashx' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />

Again, I don't know whaty the / is being required ....
Shouldn't it work with just:

<link href='GetCustomCSS.ashx' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />
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ahoffmann earned 500 total points
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if you use a relative path (no / at beginning) your file GetCustomCSS.ashx needs to be in the same directory as the file requesting it
if it is a virtual directory, your container configuration needs to be fonfigured proper
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by:jparlato
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Ok, but what is the point of registering this as follows:
<add name="GetCustomCSS" path="GetCustomCSS.ashx" verb="GET" type="Portal.HttpHandlers.GetCustomCSS"  />  
since this is MVC all .cs files should be compiled into the bin/assembly, right?  Why doesn't it find this namespace in the assembly.  I guess you may be correct, but do you know why it confuses me that I give this namepace, only to have to then give a path to find what is a .cs file... that should be compiled... Just want to understand what is going on.
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