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First, getRealPath isn't going anywhere.
The notes in request.getRealPath (the deprecated one) tell you to use ServletContext.getRealPath which isn't deprecated.
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Regardless of whether it's deprecated or not, it's not a great idea to rely on it. There can only be a path to a resource in a webapp if the app is being run from an exploded file system. If the application is being run from a packed war file, getRealPath will return null.
I've always felt it's better to make the path to any resources you want to write to configurable via context or servlet init-params. For read-only resources, it's better to rely on Request.getResourceAsStream
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