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When adding a Excel sheet to Flint, it produces a fakepath error message
Last Updated 8 years ago

In flint it is possible to add an Excel sheet as a datasource.


When you press 'Test connection', Flint might give this error message.


Note that the DB Name path has been changed to C:\fakepath.

This is a browser security protection to prevent websites access to local files (HTML5.
To use this Flint functionality this protection needs to be worked around.

There are 3 possible workarounds for Internet Explorer:

  1. In IE8, Change Security Settings
    • Internet Explorer>Tools>Internet Option>Security>Custom 
    • Find and Enable the "Include local directory path when uploading files to a server
  2. In IE8, Add the site to your Trusted Sites: 
    • Tools>Internet Options>Security>Trusted Sites>Sites 
  3. Create a folder named "Fakepath" in C: & copy your xlsx file in that folder.
Possible workaround for Firefox

  1. Go to tools->options->security->Exceptions->add the site http://localhost as trusted site
Possible workaround for Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome Menu icon on the far right of the Address bar.
  2. Click on Settings, scroll to the bottom and click the Show Advanced Settings link.
  3. Click on Change proxy settings (under Network)
  4. Click the Security tab > Trusted Sites icon, then click Sites.
  5. Enter the URL of your Trusted Site, then click Add.
  6. Click Close > OK.
It might be the case that this functionality will only work with Internet Explorer, due to the possibility of setting a security exception.

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