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Access Server Files and directories using WebLogic -Directory -listing
Sometimes, we may have a requirement to access the server files, directory and others files on the server . One such requirement is user wants to access the WebLogic server log files but he does not possess read or write access to the machine. WebLogic provides a handy way to access the files and directories over HTTP.
To achieve the directory listing, We need to create a simple java web project and add a weblogic.xml under the WEB-INF directory. We don’t have to write any java class or any jsp file here. The Final project structure is look like below,
Project >> WEB-INF >> web.xml
Project >> WEB-INF >> weblogic.xml
Project >> index.html
In this section, we are going to create this web application that lists my below directories.
The project zip file: public_html
1. Create a java web project using Eclipse or Jdeveloper
2. Create weblogic.xml and place it under WEB-INF directory
Use the weblogic.xml file mentioned below as a reference and modify the virtual-directory-mapping as per your requirement.
The ‘virtual-directory-mapping‘ in where I have listed my two directories.
Make the ‘index-directory-enabled‘ to true . If you not set this element, you will get 403 Forbidden exception
The ‘context-root‘ is the context path of your URL. For example http://HOST/filedrive.
<!DOCTYPE weblogic-web-app PUBLIC "-//BEA Systems, Inc.//DTD Web Application 8.1//EN" "http://www.bea.com/servers/wls810/dtd/we
3. Create an index.html
I have created this html file for visualization, It has two URL. Each url is dedicated to a directory.
Note: the ‘href’ tag in this page and ‘url-pattern‘ in weblogic.xml should match.
<%@ page contentType="text/html;charset=windows-1252"%>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"/>
<h1>>My File Paths </h1><br/>
<a href="Oracle_Home/">Oracle Home</a><br/>
4. Make the project as war file and deploy it in WebLogic server.
I have used eclipse to create and deploy this project into WebLogic server.
5. Test the URL in browser
Once I deployed the war file into the WebLogic server, i could access it through the URL by http://HOSTNAME:PORT>/CONTEXT_ROOT.
My project rendered in the browser like below, On clicking on each link , the page will redirect to the corresponding directory.In the below screenshot, I have clicked the URL ORACLE_HOME
The page is redirected and displaying the directories inside C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home\
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