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 File Upload - Writing/Retrieving from private folder

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Posted: 08/11/2009, 11:14 AM

I discovered that I could reference a file folder above the directory structure where my wesite domain points to. this is great as it prevents browsers from quessing file names and downloading.

for example: points to c:/hosting/myaccount/domain_1

File upload using the file reference "../../docs" would place the file in the following location:


My problem is accessing the files. I catalog the files in my database storing the filename. The program which provides the link to the file makes a relative reference based on my domain name. For example:

I change the HTML where the link is by placing "../docs" in front of the filename reference.
for example:
<a href="../docs/{file_title_Src}"

I can not reference before the domain name. Is there a way programatically to create a link to the file?

If so I would improve security by having the files accessible only through authorized program access.
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Posted: 08/12/2009, 6:29 PM

You cannot access a directory above your domain using a URL.

Aall you have to do is write a CCS program to serve up the photo to the page. A php app as you mentioned can access that directory but you would need to use some sort of mechanism to open the file and serve it up with the proper mime type.

Here is an example using videos instead of images. Same Idea Though.
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Posted: 08/13/2009, 1:25 PM

Thanks for the input. I will search for components written in ASP to access and retrieve files from the server. My document directory store many types of files other than movies so the tool will need to be flexible.
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