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jsp with POI FILE System concept.

muthu bharathi
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Joined: Dec 10, 2008
Posts: 97

I have one program that makes excel reports
from an MYSQL using POI. This program saves the reports to
a Tomcat server on my system. I have a JSP called DisplayReports ,
When i clicked on DisplayReports.jsp, it is suppose to run Downloads.jsp, the
Open/Save dialog box opens and then it down loads to the user
specified directory. The relevant portion of the code in Download.jsp
looks like this:

String filepath = dbBean.getDataPath();
"attachment; filename=\"" + filename + "\"");

POIFSFileSystem fs = new POIFSFileSystem(new FileInputStream(filepath
+ filename));
HSSFWorkbook wb = new HSSFWorkbook(fs);
FileOutputStream fileOut = new FileOutputStream(filename);


It downloads the excel workbook with the correct name but their is no
data. What do I need to add?

with thanks
M. Bharathi

Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 39436
Please use a more informative thread title than "JSP."
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42292
For starters, you can't stream binary content from a JSP. You need to use a servlet for this.

Secondly, what's the purpose of using POI for this? You can read the file into a byte[] (using FileInputStream), and then stream the contents of that array to the servlet output stream. No need to use the POI API.

I don't understand what the FileOutputStream is supposed to accomplish. It would write to a file on the server, which doesn't help if you want to stream the file contents to the client.

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muthu bharathi
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Joined: Dec 10, 2008
Posts: 97

ok.. thanks now im understand my mistake. i was changed my code ,it retrieves the data

But the data contains machine code with inner text..

Here with i've included my code. please rectify my error

response.setHeader("Content-Type", "text/");
response.setHeader("Content-Disposition","attachment; filename=\"" + f.getName() + "\";");

FileInputStream fis = null;
try {
fis = new FileInputStream(downpath);
byte[] buf = new byte[4 * 1024]; // 4K buffer
int bytesRead;
while ((bytesRead = != -1) {
My data is like this :

ÐÏࡱá;þÿ  þÿÿÿþÿÿÿ

How can i convert it into my format..

-- with regards
M. Bharathi
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42292
You're using the wrong content type; see this.

You should read big chunks of data in one go, not every single byte one at a time (you're not using the buffer you allocated); see this for some inspiration.

Also, it will not work reliably from within a JSP (which are for textual contents, not binary data). You're asking for trouble by doing that.
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