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Surprising Problem in simple code

Nitin Dubey
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Joined: Oct 30, 2000
Posts: 126

Hello frns,
I have a servlet where I take a request dispatcher object and try to forward the request to another page hello.jsp that has absolutely nothing except a hello message. Even though I am getting a strange error like the following in Jboss app server. I have not configured jsps in web.xml file as they can be used still.
"20:33:50,029 ERROR [Engine] ApplicationDispatcher[/multirecordview] Servlet.service() for servlet jsp threw exception
org.apache.jasper.JasperException: /hello.jsp(0,36) equal symbol expected
after a few stack trace it gives
"at component.ViewServlet.doPost("
and my line no 64 is a System.out.println() just after forward. When I print the exception I get..
"org.apache.jasper.JasperException: /hello.jsp(0,36) equal symbol expected"
62 : RequestDispatcher requestDispatcher = getServletContext().getRequestDispatcher("/hello.jsp");
63 : requestDispatcher.forward(request, response);
<%@ page language="java" contentType"text/html" %>
I hope I have made the things clear. Can anyone put some light on this ..
Waiting for replies,

Bear Bibeault
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60802

/hello.jsp(0,36) equal symbol expected
<%@ page language="java" contentType"text/html" %>

Not to be a jerk, but did you even try to figure this one out? I mean, it even gave the character position where it expects an equals sign.

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Nitin Dubey
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Joined: Oct 30, 2000
Posts: 126

yes I did bang my head for the problem. but since I got the error for the first time I was confused. anyways I got the problem. what was just a simple typing mistake that ate some of our valuable time..
Garrett Smith
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Joined: Jun 27, 2002
Posts: 401

<%@ page language="java" contentType"text/html" %>

Look closely.

comp.lang.javascript FAQ:
danny liu
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Joined: Jan 22, 2004
Posts: 185
It is good to test your jsp files separately and then test them together.
lali virdi

Joined: Feb 09, 2004
Posts: 19
hi the problem is in the first line
<%@ page language="java" contentType"text/html" %>
<%@ page language="java" contentType = "text/html" %>
the = sign is missing ;
i hope it will definately help you
ok by
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60802

Welcome to the Ranch "lali lali"!
You'll find this forum a great place to seek help on JSP pages, and there aren't many rules you'll have to worry about, but one is that proper names are required. Please take a look at the JavaRanch Naming Policy and change your display name to match it.
In particular, your display name must be a first and a last name separated by a space character, and must not be obviously fictitious.
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