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From Alex Chaffee <>
Subject Bug in InvokerServlet: NullPointerException, tomcat totally dies
Date Sat, 03 Jun 2000 11:19:28 GMT
(sending to both lists since I'm not sure where to report bugs these

I'm running Tomcat standalone, testing a simple servlet on a (live)
medium-load site.  It's tied to an applet that polls once every N
seconds; as a result, I'm getting upwards of 8 requests per second,
but it seems to be about 2-3 hits per second on average.

It runs fine for hours, then dies silently in the middle of the
night. The VM is still running, but doesn't accept any connections.
As far as I can tell, the problem is a NullPointerException in
InvokerServlet.  I'll try to track it down more carefully by turning
off the JIT.

tomcat.log reports several exceptions (see below). Unfortunately, the
logger doesn't timestamp the exceptions (I'd like to log this as a
separate bug, and would if the bug db were working), so I can't figure
out the correlation between the exceptions and the crash.  I'm afraid
they might not actually correlate, since my servlet keeps outputting
to servlet.log for several hours after the last modified date of

My system: Red Hat Linux 6.2, Blackdown JVM 1.2.2_RC4, Pentium 200, 96M RAM

tomcat.log excerpts:

Starting endpoint port="8080" handler="org.apache.tomcat.service.http.HttpConnection
Starting endpoint port="8007" handler="org.apache.tomcat.service.connector.Ajp12Conn
Error reading request connection reset
Context log: path="/shoppers" Error in invoker service() : null
        at org.apache.tomcat.servlets.InvokerServlet.service(, Co
mpiled Code)

then about 3 or 4 repetitions of the same exception from different
sources -- some of which are wrapped in <pre>...</pre> and/or preceded
by "<b>Internal Servlet Error:</b>" which leads me to report yet
another bug, since that text should be going to the client, not the logs.

then a *different* NullPointerException, this time in my code, which I
suspect (but can't prove) is a result of the first one:

Context log: path="/shoppers" Error in ShopperServlet service() : null
        at ShopperServlet.doGet(, Compiled Code)
        at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(, Compiled Code)
        at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(, Compiled Code)
        at org.apache.tomcat.core.ServletWrapper.handleRequest(, Compiled

and an "Internal Servlet Error" repetition

then the same thing (error in ShopperServlet service()) 3 more times

then a whole bunch of 

Error reading request Connection reset by peer: Connection reset by peer

mixed with 

Context log: path="/shoppers" Broken pipe /shoppers/ShopperApplet.class
Context log: path="/shoppers" Broken pipe /shoppers/servlet/ShopperServlet

presumably after the connector broke down, it's now refusing all
requests, for a little while, before just falling silent once and for

I'm going to run my server without a JIT to see if I can track down
the line number where the null pointer is happening inside

Cheers -

  - Alex

Bug summary:

1. NullPointerException in InvokerServlet

2. tomcat.log doesn't timestamp output

3. error output intended for client is sent to log file

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