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I am generating an excel report from the Webapp. The application generates the excel file and save it on the server's home directory.
Now I need to show the link of this excel file on the HTML so that when the user clicks on that link the file should be opened.
Is there any way to show the link of the file if that file is not bundled inside the webapp and is residing on the home directory of the server? If not, then what could be the other approach to achieve the same.
Any help or pointers in this regard will be highly appreciated.
The link could point to a servlet that streams the file to the browser. The CodeBarn has an example of how that's done. An additional benefit of that would be that the servlet could track how often the file is downloaded, or could perform access control if necessary.