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I'm running into a problem while trying to read from a text file I have stored in my _layouts/myaspapp folder. I've tried everything I've been able to find on the web, but will always either get a File Not Found error (while trying to use StreamReader or something similar or a 401 Unauthorized (using HttpWebRequest/Response).

I'm out of ideas on how to access this file and read the text from it. I am able to see the text file itself if I go to http://server/_layouts/myaspapp/text.txt, but I have not been able to open it and read it from C#.

Any tips or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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A quick question: why read it through the IIS and not directly from the file system? – Wictor Wilen MCA MCM MVP Jul 20 '10 at 22:12
Disregard from my comment if you are reading it from outside of Sharepoint... – Wictor Wilen MCA MCM MVP Jul 20 '10 at 22:13
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This has worked for me:

string contents = string.Empty;    
WebRequest request = WebRequest.Create(url);
request.Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;
WebResponse response = request.GetResponse();
using (StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream()))
    contents = reader.ReadToEnd();
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