Yes, you could use Alias to map outside of the htdocs sandbox, however that just opens you up to potential security issues. You would need to grant *R authority to *Public on those folders. If you are going to do that you should just put them under the htdocs structure and let the inheritance handle authorization. What would be the purpose of opening up other parts of your IFS? This method also makes it so that anyone can access those PDF files. The second method easily allows for restricting the user that can access the file, you only hand them the ones they should see.

Thank you,
Schadd Gray
Damon Technologies, Inc.
www.damontech.com
-----Original Message----- From: franz400
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 5:32 PM
To: Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS

I'd like to disagree with the "outside of htdocs...you cannot expose it to
the web" statement.
It just takes a directive in the Apache config, and it can be a naming that
is hidden from the url
so you are not exposing your true dir structure. Then it's a matter of the
url pointing to
the .pdf instead of a .html and your browser will know what to do. Have been
serving .pdf
(or .csv or .xls) this way to the web since 2000 in a similar tool -
Websmart.
Jim Franz

----- Original Message ----- From: "Schadd Gray" <list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)" <web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS


I do not know much about LANSA, but in other web languages, if the PDF file
on the IFS is outside of the web directory (/www/mysite/htdocs) you cannot
expose it to the web. You have two choices. 1) Place the PDF in the web
directory, but this allows every web user to access this PDF if they know
the path (not very secure). 2) Write a program to read the file from the
IFS and pipe it to the browser. You would need to change the content type
to "application/pdf".

Thank you,
Schadd Gray
Damon Technologies, Inc.
www.damontech.com
-----Original Message----- From: Jack Tucky
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 7:37 PM
To: web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [WEB400] Link to a PDF on IFS

I'm using LANSA on Iseries to run a website. The user can press a button,
I
call a CLP and create a PDF and email it to the end user.



I'd like to change it to display the PDF in the browser. The PDF is on
the
IFS. I know the path and file name of the PDF.



What do I have to do to change the webserver show files from a specific
directory on the IFS?



Thanks, Jack.





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