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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: HttpServletResponse.setStatus and setContentType
Date Wed, 08 Dec 2004 13:58:52 GMT

You know, the JavaDoc for HttpServletResponse#setStatus is pretty clear
on this ;)  Use sendError for errors, setStatus for normal responses.

Yoav Shapira

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dunlop, Aaron []
>Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 5:44 PM
>To: Tomcat Users List
>Subject: HttpServletResponse.setStatus and setContentType
>I have a standard HTTP servlet acting as an XML web service endpoint,
>running on an embedded Tomcat 5.0.30.
>I of course use HttpServletResponse.setContentType to specify that the
>response is "text/xml". When the request is successful and I set a 2xx
>response code, the Content-Type header looks as expected. But if an
>is detected and I return an HTTP error code (using setStatus), the
>Type header specifies "text/html;charset=utf-8" instead of "text/xml".
>It doesn't seem to matter whether I call setContentType before or after
>setStatus, and all the 4xx and 5xx codes I've tried trigger this
>I'd just ignore it, but unfortunately, the WSI Basic Profile specifies
>a SOAP fault must return a 500 along with the XML fault. And some
>(ahem... .NET...) seem to choke trying to parse the fault when the
>content-type is returned.
>I didn't find anything in the specs or documentation that indicated to
>that this was required behavior, but perhaps I'm missing something.
>Any ideas?
>Thanks in advance,
>Aaron Dunlop
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