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From Jacob Kjome <>
Subject Re: FW: XML Parsing in Servlet
Date Mon, 23 Sep 2002 03:15:46 GMT

Stay away from File IO in webapps anyway.  Use an InputStream if at all 
possible.  You've made your app work on Windows only which defeats the 
purpose of the multi-platform and distibutability benefits of Java and 
webapps.  Also, if you run your app out of a .war file and the file you are 
trying to access is inside that .war file, your app will fail because there 
is no File IO that can be done within the archive.  Try using this instead....

InputStream is = getServletContext().getResourceAsStream("/foo.txt");

That loads foo.txt from the root of your webapp, wherever that is.  This 
will work on any platform and even in the case where you serve your webapp 
directly from a .war file.


At 12:08 PM 9/23/2002 +1000, you wrote:
>back again, i sent my last email without writing what standard out prints.
>Here it is:
>Starting service Tomcat-Standalone
>Apache Tomcat/4.1.10
>Sorry for re posting.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Toby Saville
>Sent: Monday, 23 September 2002 12:06 PM
>To: 'Tomcat Users List'
>Subject: XML Parsing in Servlet
>Im not sure if this is the correct place to post this type of message but
>ill try anyways.
>Im trying to parse an XML file in a servlet's init(Servlet config) method on
>a tomcat4.1 server. I am using a xerces SAX parser. The servlet has a
>load-on-startup tag in web.xml with a value of 1.
>When i attempt to parse the file in the init method, the loading of the web
>server stops.
>The standard output prints up to:
>The log file outputs up to "starting filters", but nothing else. i pass a
>URI compliant string to the parser which looks like this:
>I can create a File object using this URI and look at its details in the
>init method, but as soon as i say parser.parse(fileURI, handler); the
>loading of tomcat stops.
>Any ideas why this could be?
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