Here An HTTP Path, There A FAT Path
Anybody who's ever used a web browser knows that the way files are arranged on a
web site is different from the way files are arranged on a PC running Microsoft
Windows. Instead of having a DOS-style root directory (such as "C:\"), web sites
have a root consisting of the web server's DNS entry followed by a slash
(not a backslash!) In fact, web servers have no backslashes anywhere in their
paths. Paths are simply the locations of files on computers; "C:\Windows\NotePad.exe"
is an example for a computer running Windows. All of this leads to a pretty obvious
problem - how do you make Windows-style paths (properly known as FAT Paths) look
like web server paths (properly known as HTTP Paths)?
Lucky for you, Savant does all of the work for you. All you have to do is give it
a FAT path on your computer, and what you want the HTTP path to be called.
Whenever someone connects to your web server and types in a file path, Savant
translates back and forth between FAT and HTTP paths. Only directories that you
enter in the Paths section of the Savant configuration utility will be served as
a security measure (you don't really want to serve your entire hard drive, do
you?) This also lets you do some nifty tricks, like serving the CD in your
CD-ROM drive. If you're connected to a Local Area Network (LAN) with Microsoft
Networking, you can even serve shared directories on other computers.