struts-user mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From Wes Wannemacher <>
Subject Re: httpheader result type
Date Wed, 02 Sep 2009 13:49:08 GMT
404 is a tricky header... Most of the time, you really don't want to
send content along with an http header, think of redirects, etc. If
you want some app-specific behavior, I would try to fit it into your
app rather than trying to munge headers. In the case of redirects,
when you see content it is because the redirect is happening with
either meta-refresh or javascript. When the web server sends a 302 (or
whatever the number), you don't see anything but a blank page (or the
previously loaded page) in the browser. One nifty trick I have seen is
to go to a "landing" page that has a meta-refresh who's target is
redirected... Not sure how that is better, but my brain nearly
exploded when I tried to figure out what was going on.

What makes 404 tricky is that it is a header that is often associated
with content, since no one likes to see the stock
apache/tomcat/jetty/whatever error pages. The saving grace here is
that you can use web.xml in a container-nonspecific way to create a
404 page. If what you're looking for is to pretty-up the 404 page, use
web.xml and skip any of the struts configuration. If you are looking
to incorporate 404 into some sort of application-specific logic, make
sure that's *really* what you want to do first, then if so, check one
more time before you do it, then after that, that is when you'll want
to try to code up your solution.


On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM, Mark Rollins<> wrote:
> Thanks Wes.
> The 'documentation' (it's very limited) gives the impression that you can
> specify an error message when using the errorMessage parameter with the
> error parameter, and even being able to pick up a message from the value
> stack using an OGNL expression.
> Having looked at what is returned (firebug in firefox), I can see no mention
> of the error and the content (as you said) is empty.
> --
> View this message in context:
> Sent from the Struts - User mailing list archive at
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> To unsubscribe, e-mail:
> For additional commands, e-mail:

Wes Wannemacher

Head Engineer, WanTii, Inc.
Need Training? Struts, Spring, Maven, Tomcat...
Ask me for a quote!

To unsubscribe, e-mail:
For additional commands, e-mail:

View raw message