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FileUpload and htmlfile: Access is denied error

By , 03/10/2009 4:47 PM

If you use ASP.NET FileUpload control or <INPUT TYPE=”FILE” HTML> control in Internet Explorer on Windows XP SP2 or later, trying to enter file path manually may cause “htmlfile: Access is denied error” error if entered string is not well formed local or UNC path.

The reason is that the control in Internet Explorer after version 6 in Windows XP SP2 does not allow relative path and if the form is submitted via Javascript form.submit method (like for example a __doPostback() call in ASP.NET) you will get untrappable error from above, if the form is submitted by an <INPUT TYPE=”SUBMIT> button you won’t get any notice at all.

The way to work around this issue is to catch invalid file name prior form being sumbitted. Add onclick event to your submitting button (OnClientClick if this is ASP.NET server side button) and add following code to it:

onclick=”if (!FilePathIsValid()) return false;”

then add following JavaScript function to your code:

function FilePathIsValid() {
 var reg = /^(([a-zA-Z]:)|(\))(\{1}|((\{1})[^\]([^/:<>”|]*))+)$/g
 if (!reg.test(document.getElementById(‘xfuFile’).value)) {
    alert(‘Please enter valid file path’);
    return false
 } else
   return true

where ‘xfuFile’ is the name of your FileUpload control. The function uses Jens K. Suessmeyer’s RegEx Expression to test if the file path is well formed. If it’s not – user gets error message and the form is not submitted.

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