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Virtual or Physical Path ?

Posted on 2013-11-01
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Hi Guys,

I need to determine if a file path is a virtual or physical path.

My research has yielded a function that is written in C# .Net

protected string GetPath(string path)
{
    if (Path.IsPathRooted(path))
    {
        return path;
    }

    return Server.MapPath(path);
}

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Has someone written or aware of an equivalent function in ASP Classic? Or perhaps another means of ascertaining if a path is physical or virtual ?

MTIA

DWE
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by:MajorBigDeal
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That function tells you if the path is absolute or relative.  If it is rooted then it is absolute, otherwise it is relative.   That is to say if it is absolute then it gives the entire location in the file system but if it is relative then it gives the location in the file system relative to another location.

 That is not the same as physical vs. virtual which has more to do with it being a file system reference to a file (physical) or a web server reference to a file (virtual).

Can you give more context on what you are doing so we'll know which is the intended distinction?
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After rereading your example, I think this vbscript function will do what you want:

Function IsPathRooted(path)
   IsPathRooted = left(path,1) = "\" or mid(path,2,1) = ":"
End Function

according to this documentation:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa254695(v=vs.60).aspx

"A path is considered to contain a root if it starts with either a backslash (\) or with a drive letter and a colon (:)."
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by:dwe0608
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Hi MajorBigDeal,  what I am trying to do is work out whether a path passed into a certain function is a virtual path or a physical path ... at the moment the function simply uses a virtual path and rather than rewrite that function for using a physical path, I thought I would explore a means of testing the path to see if its virtual or not

MTIA

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by:dwe0608
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Works a treat - thanks greatly.
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by:MajorBigDeal
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Using the assumption that in .NET a path that starts wit a tilde is a virtual path we could just do this:

Function IsVirtualPath(path)
   IsVirtualPath = (left(path,1) = "~")
End Function

A physical path in .NET would either start with a "\" or a drive letter (absolute) or an other non-tilde character (relative) so I think that will work.
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Glad I could help!
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