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upload with filename inside URL
« on: March 31, 2009, 04:38:37 PM »
what is the syntax for uploading a file by URL like h t t p : //myIP:myPORT/upload/thisFileName.exe ?
once known, i can then dynamically construct & execute the file uploads inside a batch file.
i found templates/macros in documentations.
however, i don't see such syntax.

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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 08:53:36 PM »
what will you use to upload in the batch?

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 10:31:22 PM »
i will actually use excel to execute the HTTP command
alternatively, i can just pass the URL string to firefox.exe

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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 10:42:25 PM »
Do you wish to upload a file on the server or to make a download and then to execute the downloaded file from Excel?
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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009, 11:15:30 PM »
you have to make an HTTP POST request to http://host/folder/~upload
and you must insert file data inside the request.

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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2009, 01:24:49 AM »
the /~upload seems promising.
if possible, please provide a complete example.
let's say i have a file c:\sometext.txt
what is the complete syntax to cause the file to be uploaded to my server from a client machine running the upload URL?
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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2009, 10:46:49 AM »
syntax of what language?

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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2009, 03:27:25 PM »
following your example, i m hoping to see the following:
   http://host/folder/~upload?filename=c:\sometext.txt

i can then pass the string to firefox in cmd.exe (or batch file):
  firefox.exe http://host/folder/~upload?filename=c:\sometext-file-1.txt
  firefox.exe http://host/folder/~upload?filename=c:\sometext-file-2.txt
  ...etc...

because i can do this today
  firefox.exe www.cnn.com

thanks

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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2009, 01:01:05 AM »
that's not how it works.
no server can work that way.
the server can NOT read the hard disk of the browser PC. (thanks God)
it's the browser that must include the file in the request. (with its whole content)
in your case, browser = excel script.
you should learn more on how to make HTTP POST requests with your scripting language.
(i don't even know if it's powerful enough to do it)

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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2009, 04:18:49 PM »
VBA : Internet: Loading information from the internet in Excel using the XMLHTTP Object 
http://scriptorium.serve-it.nl/view.php?sid=40 

VBA : Internet: Loading information from the internet in Excel using the Internet Explorer Document object
http://scriptorium.serve-it.nl/view.php?sid=39


you can make a web search with words:  'vba http request post'

It is all that we can make for you ;)
« Last Edit: April 02, 2009, 04:36:22 PM by mars »
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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009, 07:25:37 PM »
Sure was a fight to get this posted!
Hope it has not double (or triple) post!
 
Poster "yu le" asked a good question and deserves an answer. I'm not an expert in this area but here is what I found....
   
I suggest you read up on a program called "curl" at this web site:  http://curl.haxx.se/
And here is a link on this forum on the subject:  http://www.rejetto.com/forum/index.php?topic=6463.0
I've tried what was suggested and it worked for me (the HFS folder was set to allow any users to upload, no login):
 
             curl  -F fileupload1=@MyFile.iso  -F press="Upload files"  http://<HFSipaddress>/<HFSfolder>/
 
Now here is a brief cut and past from the curl manual (with some examples) to provide more insight:
 
 curl is a tool to transfer data from or to a server, using one of the supported protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, TFTP, DICT, TELNET, LDAP or FILE). The command is designed to work without user interaction.
 
Curl Option:
 
-F/--form <name=content>
 
(HTTP) This lets curl emulate a filled-in form in which a user has pressed the submit button. This causes curl to POST data using the Content-Type multipart/form-data according to RFC1867. This enables uploading of binary files etc. To force the 'content' part to be a file, prefix the file name with an @ sign. To just get the content part from a file, prefix the file name with the symbol <. The difference between @ and < is then that @ makes a file get attached in the post as a file upload, while the < makes a text field and just get the contents for that text field from a file.
 
Example, to send your password file to the server, where 'password' is the name of the form-field to which /etc/passwd will be the input:
                  curl -F password=@/etc/passwd www.mypasswords.com
 
To read the file's content from stdin instead of a file, use  -  where the file name should've been. This goes for both @ and < constructs.
 
You can also tell curl what Content-Type to use by using 'type=', in a manner similar to:
 
                  curl -F "web=@index.html;type=text/html" url.com
--or--
                  curl -F "name=daniel;type=text/foo" url.com
 
You can also explicitly change the name field of an file upload part by setting filename=, like this:
 
                  curl -F "file=@localfile;filename=nameinpost" url.com
 
See further examples and details in the Curl MANUAL.

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Ok, now I'd also like to point out a few other things on how to do this (based on what I found via Google)...
 
It seems it is possible to construct HTTP POST request via Java, VBA, etc... or even plain old text files.
You can do more Googling to find out more about the HTTP protocol and the POST method (along with GET, etc... methods defined in the HTTP protocol syntax, but the fact is you can just telnet to a port an http server is listening to and feed it commands in the correct format and it will work just like a browser does).  Here are some links of interest I found via Googling ...

Basic Http Protocol explained:       http://en.kioskea.net/contents/internet/http.php3

More on subject the http protocol that shows some good examples of just "cat" ing a text file of http syntax via pipe into a telnet session can be found at this link:    http://www.foureleven.org/art/art_netcat.html 

(Note: Those interested might want to research the subject of "netcat" as that might be of use itself, but be aware that some AntiVirus software thinks it is a virus).

Ok, that should be enough info for anybody to get a start on this!
 
By the way, I've been able to get HFS server to work in WinPE 2.0 from the WAIK (the free version of Vista from Microsoft).   HFS server combined with curl inside a VistaPE (with a GUI desktop windows manager like LiteStep) and your on your way to a nice rescue/recovery/setup LiveCD., I've been able to get HFS server to work in WinPE 2.0 from the WAIK (the free version of Vista from Microsoft).   HFS server combined with curl inside a VistaPE (with a GUI desktop windows manager like LiteStep) and your on your way to a nice rescue/recovery/setup LiveCD.

Hoped this helped some.





 
                                         

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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2009, 11:56:05 AM »
thanks for sharing rxr!
on my side, your post made me discover there's a CURL binary for Windows. may be very useful for the future.

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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2009, 01:35:55 PM »
thanks for sharing rxr!
on my side, your post made me discover there's a CURL binary for Windows. may be very useful for the future.

Hey! I'm glad the info proved to be of value.

Indeed there is a binary for Windows as well as Linux (and I've tested both and they seem to work just as expected --- note that the command "curl --manual" gets a large text formated file echoed to console that gives some explanation for the many curl options).  Here are a few extra little bits of info I've learned on the subject...

1) The curl command shown below without an ending "/" after the <HFSfolder> works better in that it return the "301" code to the console when everything works properly (with an ending "/" you get the echo of the HFS html upload page, the upload still works fine, but having the return code available to any error checking in a script is probably be better).  You probably know better than I why there is this slight difference between having the "/" at the end and not having it.

    curl  -F fileupload1=@MyFile.iso  -F press="Upload files"  http://<HFSipaddress>/<HFSfolder>

2) I've tested curl ability to take input from stdin via a command, for example, like this:

    cat testfile.gz  |  curl -F fileupload1=@-;filename=atestfile.gz -F press="Upload files" http://<HFSipaddress/<HFSfolder>

and got it to work A-OK.  The result was the file being uploaded to HFSfolder and was given the name "atestfile.gz" as expected  (note that I'm working from memory and I think the above command was the syntax I used, but using stdin with the filename option to name the stdin file on the HFS server, I did get this to work --- again useful bit of knowledge for those wanting to build cmd scripts to upload files like the original poster was asking about). 

3) The last bit of testing I did with curl was with the "-G" option testing if it can be used like "wget" to download from an HFS server --- and if the curl result can be piped to other programs that accept stdin for input (like gunzip) to process.  It seems to work A-OK with HFS server and indeed the download can be piped.  For example I download the gzip file and piped it to gunzip and got the uncompressed output just as expected.

I'm sure there are more tricks that can be done by those that are more expert in all this than me.

HFS server is a very good program.   You should be proud of your work. 

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Re: upload with filename inside URL
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2009, 01:52:48 PM »
thank you for sharing and kindness.
the difference between "folder" and "folder/" is demanded to the software logic, nothing bound to the HTTP itself.
Having this text interpreted as a file path is just the design of HFS (as of most web servers).
AFAIremember, initially HFS treated both cases equally.
Then we met some problems because Apache was behaving differently, replying to "folder" with a redirection (code 301) to "folder/".
So did I, to mimic.
This info is not very important, but you may like it. ;)

You use the "folder" version to get the 301, but that tells you little about what's going on. You only know that HFS got your request, but you don't know if it accepted those files. Your choice.

The piping thing is very nice, although rarely useful.