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Help with directory tree in JSP/Servlet

Sam Zheng
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Joined: Nov 29, 2000
Posts: 61
I am creating a simple JSP to access a servlet.
Within the servlet, I try to access a local file.
Now I have trouble to access this local file, I presume
that I mess up the search path for the file. Here
is my directory tree:
webdev/myJsp.jsp (the jsp file within which a servlet will
be called)
webdev/Web-Inf/myServlet.class (the servlet file to be called
by myJsp.jsp)
webdev/Web-Inf/myFile.txt (local txt file to be accessed by
Question #1:
In order to call myServlet from myJsp, how to construct
a relative path?
Question #2:
I have put the local file myFile.txt in the same directory
as the servlet myServlet, when I try to access this file
through FileReader:
FileReader fr=new FileReader("myFile.txt");
An exception is thrown during run time saying that it cannot
file this file. WHERE SHOULD I PUT MY local file for
access by servlet?
By the way, I am using Tomcat. Thanks for your help!
Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
I think you have put the files in the wrong places.
Servlet classes should be in webdev/WEB-INF/classes
and files to serve should be in webdev
The you can redirect to the servlet from the JSP (or invoke the servlet on its own). To read a file from a servlet or JSP, you should always use "getPathTranslated", as the servlet container may place files in "interesting" places.

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