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From Paul Harrison <>
Subject Re: ActionForm 'reset' method being called when JSP is rendered
Date Thu, 19 Jun 2003 22:29:32 GMT
I have looked at this again, and in 1.1 rc2 on tomcat 4.1.18 the reset 
is called for each action of a multi action sequence sharing a form bean 
even though the form bean is in session scope and only created once - I 
have written a demo app with logging that shows this behaviour - should 
I submit a bug if this is not what is intended to happen.


Paul Harrison wrote:

> I am writing an application with a series of "wizard" type pages, so I 
> thought that I would use one big ActionForm in session scope and each 
> page add extra information to it - however this did not work as reset 
> was being called at each page invocation - I am interested to hear 
> that reset should only be called at instantiation time, because I 
> believe that in 1.1 RC2 it is being called more often  than that - I 
> can did out the old verision of the code to have a look at the exact 
> circumstances if necessary....
> Ted Husted wrote:
>> In Struts 1.0.2 and later, reset is called by the html:form tag *if* 
>> the ActionForm is being instantiated at that time. The scope 
>> shouldn't matter.
>> Also remember that the html:form tag is looking at the Action to 
>> which it submits, which may not be "Action 1". If these are the same 
>> Action, or share the same formbean under the same attribute, then the 
>> ActionForm should already exist, and reset should not be called.
>> -Ted.
>> Jerry Jalenak wrote:
>>> I'm seeing some odd behaviour with one of my actions.  If anyone can 
>>> explain
>>> this I'd sure appreciate it....
>>> Here's what I've got - in struts-config I have an ActionForm that is 
>>> shared
>>> by two Actions.  The ActionForm is created in session scope by the 
>>> first
>>> action, and referenced by the second Action (also in session).  
>>> Tracing the
>>> calls to 'reset' and 'validate' I see the following:
>>>     JSP is displayed  -> html form is submitted -> 'reset' is called ->
>>> 'validate' is called -> Action 1 is performed -> forward to next JSP ->
>>> 'reset' is called -> JSP is displayed
>>>     /\/\/\/\/\/\/\ !
>>> My understanding is that 'reset' should not be called again until 
>>> the form
>>> on the second JSP is submitted.  Have I completely mis-understood 
>>> how this
>>> works?  Or is it something due to the ActionForm being created in 
>>> session
>>> scope?
>>> TIA!
>>> Jerry Jalenak
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