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From Josh Chamas <>
Subject Re: Another stupid question...
Date Tue, 11 Feb 2003 00:20:43 GMT
Richard Curtis wrote:
> Following is a post which I hope will clarify what I have been doing up 
> until now, along with some questions regarding the correct way to do this.
> Until now, I have always handled file uploads in the following way :
> draw in HTML "<input type="file" name="filename">".
> Then the form posts in on itself, and I use
> my $newFile = $Request->Form('filename');
> $newFile is then passed to a module which will basically do the 
> following (along with a lot more):
>     while ($rets=read($newFile,$line,1024)) { # Read in BINARY
>     my @lin = $line;
>     my $status = append_file($destination_path, $file,\@lin);
>     if (!$status) {
>         return(0,"error storing file on server ($!)");
>     }
>     @lin = ();
>     }
> This has always worked for me.
> Now however, I need to not only upload the file to the server, but I 
> need to store the filename in a database (among doing other things with 
> the filename).

When you say filename, I will assume you mean the file name client side
being uploaded...

> So should I be doing :
>  my $newFile = $Request->{FileUpload}{filename};
> $newFile = $newFile->{BrowserFile};

Right BrowserFile will give you the name of the file as it was uploaded.

> ?
> If not, what should I be doing.
> What should I call to get handle, and what should I call to get the 
> actual filename ?

Well, what you have been doing works fine for getting the file handle,
but you can also get it from;

   $Request->FileUpload('upload_file', 'FileHandle');

> I am sooo confused !

Originally, the file upload interface was only available through
doing it as you do with

   my $fh = $Request->Form('upload_file')

but as users needed more of the file upload info, I created the
FileUpload collection to store more of the data.  Originally
MS ASP did not have any native file upload support, so I had not
API to emulate here, and had to make it up as we went.



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