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Rashmi Tambe
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Hi all,
I have an appliction where the user needs to get the installation of an application upon authentication. i.e. the first step is user provides username and password. The servlet authenticates the user. for a valid user, a certain application is to installed on user's desktop. How can make a servlet to do that. I can always send the file in response's output stream. However, that helps to get the 'file download' dialog box on the browser, where user can either save / open the file. Howvever, i want to skip this step. I want to start the installation process immediately after the authentication.
how can i do that?
 
Frank Carver
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Sounds a lot like Java WebStart to me. Maybe you should look into that to see if it's what you need.
Personally, I would never use a browser that let a remote server install things on my computer - that's a sure-fire way to get tons of viruses, ads and spyware installed on your machine without even knowing.
 
Rashmi Tambe
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Thanks frank!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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