Sanitizing File Uploads

The HTML element <input type="file"> has a nice little browse feature
that allows the user to browse for the file to be uploaded. However,
it doesn't seem to be quite so well endowed when it comes to
determining the file name to be assigned to the uploaded file. In the
particular case with which I am dealing, the directory into which the
uploaded file is to be placed is pre-determined, so that's not an
issue. However, the name to be assigned to the uploaded file is
another matter. At present, I am collecting that information in a
separate <input type="text"> element which I have labeled "Save As:"
This seems to leave a bit to be desired. It would seem to me that by
far the most common case would be where the user wants to have the
uploaded file share the same name on the remote system that it has on
the local system. Hence, I think the best thing would be to somehow
pre-populate my text field for collecting the file name with that
name. I have no idea how to do that. If anyone has any suggestions,
I'd love to hear them. I would also be interested in hearing about
other approaches that others are using to address this issue.

Thanks for any input.

         ... doug

doug wrote:

...determining the file name to be assigned to the uploaded file. In the
particular case with which I am dealing, the directory into which the
uploaded file is to be placed is pre-determined...
... the user wants to have the
uploaded file share the same name on the remote system that it has on
the local system.
         ... doug

take a look at attachment_fu,
http://github.com/technoweenie/attachment_fu/tree/master

it deals with a lot of the annoying stuff you'll have to deal with.

and try to express your problems more concisely...
the longer it is,
the less people are going to read it,
the less help you'll get.

Take care.
Matthew Rudy.

take a look at attachment_fu,http://github.com/technoweenie/attachment_fu/tree/master

it deals with a lot of the annoying stuff you'll have to deal with.

Thanks. I was hoping that there would be some sort of simple way to
achieve the desired result. In fact, I sort of half-way expected it
based on my perception that it was likely an issue that was commonly
encountered. Apparently that's not the case. I think I'll just have
to live with having the user enter the file name.

and try to express your problems more concisely...
the longer it is,
the less people are going to read it,
the less help you'll get.

Believe me, I understand the issue. On the one hand one can be
criticized for being too verbose while on the other be criticized for
being too brief and omitting relevant information. I agree with you
that this post seemed a bit long. I wish that I had been able to
shorten it; but, in my view there just wasn't anything I could omit.

Thanks for the input.

          ... doug