I'm trying to get the absolute path from a relative path. The problem is that the file I'm trying to access is not under the /Tomcat/ directory. Currently I can link to the file using a relative path, but I need to use the File object to iterate through the files in the directory.
For clarification, I'm running cruisecontrol on Tomcat 5.5. The JSP files are in D:\Tomcat\webapps\cruisecontrol. However, the log files are in C:\logs. Because of the way cruisecontrol is configured I can link to the "C:\logs\project\cruisecontrol.log" using the relative path 'href="<%= artifacts_url %>/cruisecontrol.log', where artifacts_url="/logs/project/". I've tried to read that as a File object to then getAbsolutePath(), but haven't had any luck yet.
Is what I'm trying to do possible? Please let me know if I can be more clear in the asking of this question.
As your file is outside the purview of the web app, there is no way to automatically determine its path. You'll need to provide it. Rather than hard-coding it, consider using a context parameter or even a properties file.
To amplify on Bear's statement: A URL is not the same thing as a file path. They may look like file paths. They are often mapped to file paths. But they're not the same thing as file paths. A web server is not the same thing as a file server.
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