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david allen
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Could someone please give me a little insight into how I get my servlet to run
I have written a servlet and much to my astonishment it compiles!!
Now I have put the class file in
but when I user the URL http://localhost/servlet/hello
I get an error message. Do I have to edit the web.xml file. If so you could someone please post the code.
Andres Gonzalez
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it'd be nice and really really helpful if you can show us the error message...

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david allen
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sorry the error that I receive is as follows

javax.servlet.ServletException: Cannot allocate servlet instance for path /servlet/hello
root cause
java.lang.IllegalAccessException: Class org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapper can not access a member of the hello with modifiers ""

Please note I have set my classpath variables. As jsp pages run fine and servlets compile. I just dont know where to put them. Do I have to edit web.xml???
Rene Larsen
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Joined: Oct 12, 2001
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You should place your servlet in:
and put these lines in 'web.xml'
[ October 09, 2002: Message edited by: Rene Larsen ]

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david allen
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No I still get the same error. This is getting to be too much.
Rene Larsen
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Do you have any 'package' statement in the top of 'hello.java'?
If no, then try to modify the 'web.xml' like this:

Now you should be able to call the servlet like this:
[ October 10, 2002: Message edited by: Rene Larsen ]
Tina Coleman
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Joined: Dec 12, 2001
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I've been wrestling with the same issue in Tomcat 4.1. Supposedly, if one creates a new context (directory within /webapps), on Tomcat startup, that context will get picked up, and if there's no web.xml file within its WEB-INF directory, then the default web.xml will be used, which should allow us to access our servlets using a URL like:
http://host/context/servlet/[package info.]servletName
without muddling with web.xml files or server.xml files. Practically speaking, I've had to have a web.xml file in my local context area with both a <servlet> definition and a <servlet-mapping> definition. So, my web.xml for a HelloServlet servlet looks like this:

This means, though, that any request to my servletConnect context (even static HTML files within the context) maps to my servlet. I could update the URL pattern to be more specific, but am not concerned about it for my test purposes.
Mario Rendon

Joined: Jul 11, 2002
Posts: 24
Sorry if im tooo easy with this explanation..

Fist ..
in old web server ( with servlet usage)
there used to be a servlet directory where all the servlets ( as cgi used to ) shoud be putted ..

a special directory where all the servlets should go .
and of course the same is Servlet..
later with the comming of the "Application Servers" there's no such directory ..
there's sometig called servlet context . and
there's a new role called WEB Application .
the web application consists in a structure you should follow to make your servlets and your whole application to work .

the structure ( you should create) is the following .
iside of WEB-INF directory there should be a web.xml .
wich maps . URL's to your servlet classes .
wich are putted under the classes directory

if you use packages you sould also use subdirectories as you use in java ..
in older posts they explain the web.xml contents .

so put your files under the correct structure and
enjoy your sevlets ..
Grettings . .

Application servers are the context creators for your servlet.
yo could use tomcat it's free and comes with some web applications you coudl use as example

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