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I don't recall specifically how DispatchAction works, but I'd expect if you implement your own execute() that it wouldn't work at all--DispatchAction has its own execute() method used to function normally.
Hi, if you define the execute method in the dispatchaction servlet, the execute will be called as from the requestprocessor, action.execute is being called. As the dispatchAction extend the Action class, it will call the execute method. If you see the DispatchAction class, it defines the execute method, in which internally it invokes the appropriate method of the user dispatchaction class. So if you define the execute method, it will not call the execute method of the base DispatchAction class, hence your method will not be called.