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Java Servlet FAQ

What is extra path information?

Extra path information is an additional parameter that is passed in through the URL used to access the servlet. It could be specified in addition to the request parameters passed in through the URL's query string. It is usually used to pass in the location of a file to the servlet.

The extra path information immediately follows the servlet name in the URL. For example, if you have the URL:


/MyPath/MyFile.data is the extra path information and ?nameparam=John+Smith is the query string.

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