Python and Intranet issues

Duncan Booth duncan at
Tue Aug 20 04:17:24 EDT 2002

rcw5459@*nospam* wrote in news:ajrdf4$jf1$1 at

> The images were loaded fine...but I'm getting errors when tying to
> read the text file.  At first I used open('\\blah\blahblah\info.txt',
> 'r') to try to get the info, but I was getting errors (no such file or
> directory).  I've also tried several variations including:
> open('\\\\blah\\blahblah\\info.txt', 'r') and 
> open('file:///\\\\blah\\blahblah\\info.txt', 'r').  
Judging by this mess of backslashes, you forgot to mention that you are 
running on a Microsoft Windows system using files shared across the 
network. You really would be happier in this case with raw strings or 
forward slashes:

   open('//blah/blahblah/info.txt', 'r')

should work just fine.

> Can anyone tell me the correct syntax (or correct command, if I'm
> using the wrong ones) to use when trying to read a file off the
> network?  

You don't say which web server your CGI program is hiding behind. May I 
assume for the sake of argument that whatever it is, the web server is 
running as a service? If this is the case, then the answer is probably just 
that applications running in services are not generally granted access to 
the network. (If you aren't running it as a service, then ignore my wild 

I would make the following suggestions:

Create a user name just to run your web service (a good idea in any case) 
and give that user network access (a bad idea).

Investigate the NullSessionShares registry setting which allows the local 
system account network access.

Get whatever generates the files to put them directly on the system where 
you are running the CGI so you only need local file access.

Run a minimal web-server+cgi on the machine that actually contains the 
files and use an apache reverse proxy to connect to it from the main web 
server (if your main server is apache, if it is IIS then you can't do 

Duncan Booth                                             duncan at
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