If an implementation of javax.servlet.Filter.init() throws javax.servlet.UnavailableException(), shouldn't the container not add the filter to the FilterChain? I'm getting an HTTP 503 error from OC4J in this case.
If your filter is not initializing successfully, then I don't think that the context would be even successfully loaded....not sure about OC4J...but tomcat behaves that way. It would not even let you load the web application context successfully if the filter cannot be initialized.
Joined: Jul 11, 2003
The filter requires parameters to be set correctly, so inside init() if the parameters are incorrect or missing, I throw the exception. I was hoping that the container would continue without the filter. But I guess it makes more sense that it wouldn't.