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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 26336] - Empty multipart form from Opera browser results in ServletException
Date Sun, 25 Jan 2004 08:59:37 GMT
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Empty multipart form from Opera browser results in ServletException





------- Additional Comments From martinc@apache.org  2004-01-25 08:59 -------
Ugh. Not sure how to fix this one.

IE is sending a Content-Type header for the file input field, which is causing 
us to recognise the field as a file upload field. Opera is not sending this 
header, so the field is indistinguishable from a regular text field. Thus, 
BeanUtils is attempting to populate the field with an empty string, just as it 
would do with a regular text field. Since the form bean item is a FileItem and 
not a string, BeanUtils throws the exception you are seeing.

It's possible that we could determine that this has happened by being more 
specific in our handling of BeanUtils exceptions. However, that would leave the 
form bean partially populated, with no way to go back and finish up after the 
file item has caused the exception. So that doesn't really fly.

The other alternative I can think of is to scan the form bean for file items 
before calling BeanUtils, and removing and such field names from the map that 
BeanUtils will use to populate the form. While this would probably work, it 
would impose a horrible performance hit on every use of a form bean, just to 
determine whether or not there are any file items present.

Any other ideas would be very welcome.

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