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  1. Struts 2
  2. WW-3093

Cannot create nested Struts 2 components using JSP templates.

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    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 2.1.6
    • Fix Version/s: Future
    • Component/s: None
    • Labels:
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    • Environment:

      Windows XP, Java 1.6.0_07, Tomcat 6.0.18

      Description

      The page contex is cleared after the body of the parent tag is rendered but is not replaced with the initial page context when the rendering returns to the parent tag.

      Details:

      Struts is configured to use JSP templates:

      <constant name="struts.ui.templateSuffix" value="jsp"/>

      We create an action and a tiles result for this action that takes us to a JSP file which contains the struts tags which use JSP templates.

      the JSP page contains the following snippet:

      <s:component theme="myJspTheme" template="components/box" cssStyle="background-color:aqua;">
      <s:param name="content">
      <s:textfield theme="myJspTheme" name="name" label="Name"/>
      <s:textfield theme="myJspTheme" name="password" label="Password"/>
      </s:param>
      </s:component>

      The template of the box component is (/template/myJspTheme/components/box.jsp):

      <div id="<s:property value="%

      {parameters.id}

      "/>" class="<s:property value="%

      {parameters.cssClass}

      "/>" style="<s:property value="%

      {parameters.cssStyle}

      "/>">
      <s:property value="%

      {parameters.content}

      " escape="false"/>
      </div>

      The error is:

      SEVERE: Servlet.service() for servlet jsp threw exception
      java.lang.NullPointerException
      at org.apache.struts2.components.Include.include(Include.java:245)
      at org.apache.struts2.components.template.JspTemplateEngine.renderTemplate(JspTemplateEngine.java:58)
      at org.apache.struts2.components.UIBean.mergeTemplate(UIBean.java:559)
      at org.apache.struts2.components.UIBean.end(UIBean.java:513)
      at org.apache.struts2.views.jsp.ComponentTagSupport.doEndTag(ComponentTagSupport.java:42)
      at org.apache.jsp.test_jsp._jspx_meth_s_005fcomponent_005f0(test_jsp.java:124)
      at org.apache.jsp.test_jsp._jspService(test_jsp.java:73)
      at org.apache.jasper.runtime.HttpJspBase.service(HttpJspBase.java:70)
      at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:717)
      ...

      This is thrown because the page context doesn't contain a request, response or session anymore. The page context was cleared and returned to the pool but is still referred by the ValueStack.

      In the rendering process there are 2 instances of page context used: one for the outer component and one for the inner component(s). Let's call them outerPageContext and innerPageContext.
      When rendering of the outer component starts the outerPageContext is created and saved also in the struts value stack.
      Next the rendering of the inner component starts and this results in the creation of the innerPageContext instance. THis will replace the previous page context in struts value stack.
      When rendering of the inner text field is complete the innerPageContext is released (by tomcat) that means that it's request/response members are cleared and the instance itself is returned to the pool.
      However the innerPageContext instance is still referred by the struts value stack.
      In the UIBean.end() processing of the outer component the pageContext instance retrievied for rendering is no longer valid, and therefore the above error.

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              lucian.furtos Lucian Furtos
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