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From "Adam Parker" <>
Subject Re: servlet init error pages
Date Wed, 14 Nov 2007 05:37:02 GMT
Thanks for the reply, at least I know someone else has gotten it to work at
this point.

Sorry for the lack of information.  I am on a deadline and trying to do too
many things at once.  I've included all the important things I can think of

Tomcat Version: 5.5.17
Error type:  I am seeing a 503 http error code being returned, but I want to
be able to catch exception classes rather than specific error codes.

I have tried




in both my application web.xml, and in the tomcat web.xml (with the default
servlet) with no success.  I still get a generic tomcat error page showing a
stack trace.

How is the error-page location related to my app?  I assumed that the root
of the location corresponded to the root of my app, but maybe I am
mistaken.  Would tomcat still use the default error page if it can't find
the error page, or would it give me a different error?  Oh, and can the
error pages be static html (mine are, perhaps that is the problem)?

As for the application, the servlet init method sets up all the servlet
dependencies through spring config.  When there is a problem with the config
file an exception is thrown and I see the error page.

Thanks for any help,
Adam Parker

On Nov 13, 2007 6:12 PM, Len Popp <> wrote:

> I do get my custom error page when an error happens in a servlet
> init() method. But you didn't give many details about your problem, so
> I can't say whether you should be seeing custom error pages on your
> system.
> First of all, you didn't say what version of Tomcat you're using. If
> it's older than 5.5, it could act differently from what I've seen.
> Secondly, I'm assuming the "errors" you speak of are exceptions that
> are thrown by the init() method. Not HTTP error status codes. (You
> can't call response.sendError() in init().).
> Normally, the servlet's init() is called when the first HTTP request
> is received for that servlet, and if it throws an exception a custom
> error page will be displayed as usual.
> If the servlet has "load-on-startup" specified in web.xml, init() is
> called when the server starts up, before there are any web requests -
> so obviously it can't return an error page to anyone. But then init()
> will be called *again* when a request is received for the servlet, and
> you'll see your error page then.
> Two reasons why you might not see your custom error page:
> 1. Error in the custom error page.
> 2. Error in the <error-page> declaration. To define a custom error
> page for all exceptions, do this in your application's web.xml:
>        <error-page>
>                <exception-type>java.lang.Throwable</exception-type>
>                <location>/yourErrorPage.jsp</location>
>        </error-page>
> --
> Len
> On Nov 13, 2007 6:19 PM, Adam Parker <> wrote:
> > I am trying to override tomcat error pages, and I have tried various
> > combinations of the <error-pages> element in both the global web.xml,
> and my
> > application web.xml.  Nothing is working.
> >
> > After some research I believe the problem is that the error I am looking
> at
> > actually occurs in the servlet.init(config) call.  This call doesn't
> seem to
> > happen in the normal request processing loop, and hence the
> <error-pages> is
> > never used and a generic tomcat error is returned.
> >
> > Is there anyway to override this error even when outside the context of
> a
> > request/reply?
> >
> > Any info on how the error is returned without a request/reply would be
> > greatly appreciated.
> >
> > -Adam Parker
> >
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