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From "Vince Law" <>
Subject RE: question regarding ActionForm
Date Mon, 03 Oct 2005 22:51:29 GMT
The Http client call is a third party software, unfortunately I don't have
its source code to debug it.  I tried to deploy the app in Tomcat 5.0, but
it couldn't run due to some  methods missing in the xml parsing library.  My
app is just a small part of the overall app, and they are all programmed to
run in 5.5.9, therefore making it to run in 5.0 won't be useful.

Is there any possible way in struts that I can make sure it assigns the
right reference of the ActionForm object to the Action and JSP page? Under
what circumstances, the Struts's handling of the ActionForm got messed up?
I had already made sure there isn't any action-chaining used in the app.
The only thing I can't make sure is, if the third party software that I used
(which makes the http client call) changes RequestProcessor default
behavior.  It is not likely, since it is not a Struts based app.


-----Original Message-----
From: Niall Pemberton []
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 9:14 AM
To: Struts Users Mailing List
Subject: Re: question regarding ActionForm

From: "Vince Law" <>
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 9:09 AM
> Niall,
> I am using Struts 1.2.7.
> Tomcat 5.5.9
> OS - Window XP professional (with Service Pack 2)
> I tried what you suggested me:
> ProgramGroupForm pgForm =
> (ProgramGroupForm)request.getAttribute(mapping.getAttribute());
> pgForm.getType();        //same problem, returned "null"
> pgForm.getDescription(); //same problem, returned "null"

Did you do this after the Http client call? One thought I had was that
somehow that call was messing with the request and I wondered if trying to
retrieve the ActionForm from the request would return null?

> If I commented out the Http client call (and hard coded the result
> everything worked fine again.

I guess the question then is how your Http client call is working - what
could it be doing thats messing up struts?

> I switched on the "debug" mode for log4j.  The BeanUtils seemed to work
> fine, it did copy the value correctly.
> Is it possible that Struts get the wrong reference of the ActionForm
> and assigns it to both the Action's execute method and JSP page?  (since
> debugging info showed the correct values).

Its hard to see how this could happen - its such a core part of Struts that
if it wasn't working I think we would be inundated with issues. From the
bits of code you've posted, everything looks fine, although you'll forgive
me from being skeptical - but people don't always post exactly the code
they're running.

If its a Struts issue its more likely that the ActionForm you're mapping is
configured to use is different from the the action mapping used by the
<html:form> element in the jsp. Other things that could cause trouble
include "Action Chaining" or a custom RequestProcessor thats messing with
the default behaviour.

I would concentrate of what the http client call is doing though - that is
where the issue seems to be caused. One last suggestion, and I'm not sure
why I'm saying it, but can you deploy this on Tomcat 5.0 rather than 5.5 and
see if it still occurs?

> Thanks,
> Vince

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