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From "Steve Kirk" <>
Subject RE: Should a missing jsp:include target cause TC to throw an exception or HTTP error code?
Date Wed, 26 Oct 2005 15:34:45 GMT

I got no reply to my first post (below), maybe I was too wordy, so here's a
short version of the Q:

If I include a JSP fragment within another JSP page like this:

	<jsp:include page = "test.jsp" />

but the file "test.jsp" does not exist, should TC throw an Exception? Or
maybe an HTTP 404?

I have a case like this where TC ignores the include altogether, wondering
why no error reported by TC.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Kirk [] 
> Sent: Friday 21 October 2005 18:57
> To: ''
> Subject: Should a missing jsp:include target cause TC to 
> throw an exception or HTTP error code?
> TC 5.5.9
> WinXP SP2
> JDK 1.5.0_02-b09
> My webapp framework is based around my own Invoker servlet, 
> which response to every request via a generic JSP build page. 
>  This build page itself includes other files, as shown in 
> this snippet:
> 	<jsp:include page = "<%= "layout/" + pageLayoutName + 
> "_begin.jsp" %>" />
> 	<jsp:include page = "<%= jspPageName %>" />
> 	<jsp:include page = "<%= "layout/" + pageLayoutName + 
> "_end.jsp" %>" />
> Each request to the webapp is received by a servlet, which 
> forwards to the JSP snippetted above to render the response, 
> and the JSP decides which JSPFs to assemble to customise the 
> response layout according to the request.
> This all worked fine.  Then I accidentally omitted 2 JSP 
> fragment files from the war file when reorganising my code - 
> the files referred to in lines 1 and 3 above.  I would expect 
> that to cause a runtime exception of some sort if the target 
> files don't exist. (Right?)  However, no exception is thrown. 
>  The build page (that calls the jsp:includes) just carries on 
> and assembles the rest of the page, omitting the files that 
> it can't find.  Hmmmmm.  Sort of nice that it doesn't 
> complain, but also sort of worrying.
> Having had a brief look at the TC source, I focused on the 
> source code of org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServlet:279, 
> which appears to show that if the jsp:include file cannot be 
> found at the specified URI, then TC will return an HTTP 404 
> status code in this situation, if I am understanding it correctly:
> // snippet from JspServlet#serviceJspFile
> 	if (null == context.getResource(jspUri))
> 	{
> response.sendError(HttpServletResponse.SC_NOT_FOUND, jspUri); 
> // this is the line in the stacktrace
> 		return;	// to calling JspServlet#service() method
> 	}
> But, the weird thing is, my current TC server does not appear 
> to do that.  Each page is returned with a SC of 200.  No 
> exceptions logged at all.  The only defect is that the 
> response pages don't include the two JSPF files.
> I'm concerned that I have done something to the config of my 
> webapp that is suppressing the error somehow. But I also 
> realise that I might have misinterpreted what I have read of 
> the TC source files.
> So I have two questions please:
> Q1: have I understood correctly, that TC should throw an 
> exception or HTTP SC if it can't find a jsp:include file when 
> processing a JSP?
> Q2: what might I have done that could suppress this sort of error?
> There is more to this problem, but I won't post the next 
> chapter because the answers to Q1 and Q2 might change what is 
> relevant for me to post.
> Thanks.

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