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From "Brian Curnow (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (WW-2969) DWR class information pages don't work with Struts2
Date Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:32:48 GMT


Brian Curnow commented on WW-2969:

In an attempt to build to very small applications that illustrate the problem I was seeing
I found that the Convention plugin isn't required to get this to not work. It looks like since
the main DWR page (http://localhost:8080/dwr/index.html) has an extension, that Struts is
smart enough to just delegate to the container. However, when the URL doesn't contain an extension
(http://localhost:8080/dwr/test/validator) there isn't enough information there to tell Struts
that it shouldn't be handling that URL.

I've worked around this problem by building a filter that you can map to URLs you want the
container to handle:


import javax.servlet.Filter;
import javax.servlet.FilterChain;
import javax.servlet.FilterConfig;
import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.ServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.ServletResponse;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;

import org.apache.struts2.RequestUtils;
import org.apache.struts2.dispatcher.ServletDispatcherResult;
import org.apache.struts2.dispatcher.mapper.ActionMapping;

 * Ensures that the request is handled correctly by the servlet container instead of by Struts
public class Struts2SkipFilter implements Filter {

	public void destroy() {
		// do nothing

	public void doFilter(ServletRequest servletRequest, ServletResponse servletReponse, FilterChain
			throws IOException, ServletException {
		String requestPath = RequestUtils.getServletPath((HttpServletRequest) servletRequest);

		// Create a new ActionMapping that points to the request path and indicates that the ServletDispatcher
should handle it
		ActionMapping actionMapping = new ActionMapping(new ServletDispatcherResult(requestPath));

		// Set the name to "" to ensure we skip some of the find requests for JSPs

		// Put the action mapping in the request where the PrepareFilter will find it
		servletRequest.setAttribute("struts.actionMapping", actionMapping);

		filterChain.doFilter(servletRequest, servletReponse);

	public void init(FilterConfig filterConfig) throws ServletException {
		// do nothing


By mapping this filter to the /dwr/* pattern, I seem to get what I want. All the functionality
of Struts2 and all the functionality of DWR. While the core DWR functionality (remoting) was
working fine before this filter, the handle information pages were not. This isn't a big deal
except I was also using the DWR namespace in my Spring application context to map the classes.
Without those information page I didn't have a good way to view that information.

Is there a better way to get the Struts2 filters to ignore requests? If not, then I think
this issue can be closed, it's resolved from my end.

> DWR class information pages don't work with Struts2
> ---------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: WW-2969
>                 URL:
>             Project: Struts 2
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.1.6
>         Environment: Jetty 6.1.14 on Windows XP Pro
> Struts2 2.1.6 with Convention plugin
> DWR 2.0.3
>            Reporter: Brian Curnow
> This may not be an actual bug and be "broken" this way be design. In reading through
the documentation ( it's recommended that
you map the Struts FilterDispatcher/StrutsPrepareAndExecuteFilter to the URL pattern "/*".
This seems to work fine with what I'll call traditional Struts2 (i.e. no Convention plugin)
and also with the Convention plugin.
> I'm attempting to use DWR 2.0 and their documentation has you map the dwr-invoker (I'm
using the Spring version: org.directwebremoting.spring.DwrSpringServlet) to the URL pattern
"/dwr/*" ( This works fine in traditional
Struts2 but breaks when using the Convention plugin.
> What I get  when I attempt to hit http://localhost:8080/dwr is an error: "There is no
Action mapped for namespace / and action name dwr." I can work around that error by using
http://localhost:8080/dwr/index.html however, when clicking on a link on the DWR page (to
see information about one of my exposed classes) I get a similar error: "There is no Action
mapped for namespace /dwr/test and action name MessageBean."
> I believe this is caused because the Convention plugin treats URLs it can't resolve as
errors instead of falling back on the web container to handle them. This doesn't seem to be
an issue for URLs which actually map back to files, for example, http://localhost:8080/styles/menu.css
works just fine and returns the menu.css file in my <web app root>/styles directory.
Like I said earlier, this may have been by design.
> I've worked around this two ways:
> 1. Resetting struts.action.extension to be simply "action", since none of the DWR URLs
using .action, this is working but now I have that darn .action in my URLs again
> 2. Adding a to my base Action package and setting a namespace (@org.apache.struts2.convention.annotation.Namespace(value="/action"))
and then changing the filter mapping in web.xml to only look for /action/* (and moving the
results files as well)
> Neither of those solutions is, in my opinion, very attractive and it seems that if traditional
struts2 can support the DWR URLs that the Convention plugin should be able to support them
> Is this an actual bug and can it be fixed or is there another workaround?

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