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I don't think any limit on JSP pages are related to the number of lines contained in them. Most limits (overall code size, number of methods, etc.) originate from the limitations of class files, which is what JSPs end up being.
As such, the limitations are also dependent on which servlet container and which compiler is used, because different servlet containers (and different compilers) will produce different class file output.
In any case, JSPs should not be as big as 87063 bytes, and much shorter than 1200 lines (and, as Bear said, they shouldn't contain Java code to begin with). Try to break them into smaller pieces by making use of includes.
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Problem A JavaServer Pages� (JSP�) page compilation may fail with the error message "JAVAC MESSAGE FILE IS BROKEN: key=javac.err.branch.too.big" or "code too large for try statement". Cause There is a limitation of 65536 bytes (64K) on the amount of code per non-native, non-abstract method in Java� SDK classes. If a JSP page is translated into a Java class in which this limit is exceeded, the Java compiler will issue a "JAVAC MESSAGE FILE IS BROKEN: key=javac.err.branch.too.big" or "code too large for try statement" message, and the JSP compilation will fail. The JVM method size limit of 64K cannot be increased.
------------- Its not that the JSP has scriptlet code. We have a ton of custom tags that we use and there is just too much markup that ends up being one huge "service()" method of the underlying servlet.