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From Mike Kienenberger <>
Subject Re: [Tools] Possible to check StrutsLinkTool for an existing "forward"
Date Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:10:42 GMT
I'd do it by subclassing StrutsLinkTool and adding a custom method
that calls setForward() and returns true or false based on whether
there was an exception thrown.

You could also create a unique tool if you didn't want to subclass
StrutsLinkTool, but subclassing StrutsLinkTool is how I handled custom
struts link tool behavior.  Just redefine "link" to point to your
subclass in the toolbox.xml file.

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 7:38 PM, Christopher Schultz
<> wrote:
> All,
> I've been using StrutsLinkTool with Struts 1.x for a very long time, and
> I'm surprised this is the first time this has come up.
> I'd like to check for the existence of a forward definition and, if it
> exists, use it. Otherwise, I'd like to fall-back to a default.
> Basically, I'm taking a Velocity template that is used in a bunch of
> places to do one thing, and make it so that I can post a form to a
> different (new) action in certain cases.
> Normally, I'd do something like this:
> #if($link.forward('maybe-exists'))
>   <form action="$link.forward('maybe-exists')">
> #else
>   <form action="$link.forward('same-old-action')">
> #end
> Unfortunately, the $link.forward('maybe-exists'} will throw an error in
> the cases that "maybe-exists" doesn't actually exist. Hence, my desire
> to check for the existence of the forward declaration.
> Is anything like that possible with the current 2.0 tools build? Can
> anyone suggest an alternative without tossing something into the
> Velocity context to act as a flag?
> Thanks,
> -chris

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