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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: Behaviour of load-on-startup=0
Date Mon, 08 Mar 2004 19:16:04 GMT


>Load on startup should really be deprecated because it duplicates
>functionality available via context event listeners.

I wouldn't rush to this conclusion at all.  The Servlet's init and
destroy methods are the appropriate place to configure the servlet.

>As a warning, there is some variance in servlet engines. The spec says
>starts before 1, logically -1 should load before 0. In fact, some
>containers (like Websphere if I remember correctly) don't process
>entries with a value less than 0.

Yes, there is some variance as you say, but the spec as quoted by Senor
Prescott is clear and doesn't follow your "logically" statement above.

Yoav Shapira

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