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Hi
can i call a sevlet init() method from same servlet service() method ?
 
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did you try ??
 
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i don't see why not. i call init from doPost sometimes if init failed the first time
 
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I am not sure what you are trying to do, but I think the logic could be changed to support the code in the init from executing multiple times, or making sure the code is executed at all.
 
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Your code should never call init() - that is the responsibility of the servlet engine. The API says the init method will be called once before any request is processed.
If you want init to do something that may also have to be done multiple times during the lifetime of the servlet, put it in a separate method.
An example might be reading configuration files.
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Yup,
Never call init() anywhere, thats always the responsibility of the container to call when the servlet is loaded, its just as destroy() method, its never has to be called.
But, as some others pointed out, why would you like to call init() elsewhere !!??
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if the procedures to load the servlet in init failed the first time and a subsequent doGet is received then you give init another try. this lets you fix problems in the servlet loading without having to reload tomcat or the context
 
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If init() fails, isn't the container responsible to take that servlet "out of service"?
 
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non fatally so it can give out custom error pages
 
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so how would it receive a subsequent request if the container has taken it 'not available'?
 
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it hasn't. the init method returned without exception and the doGet returned a generated error message.
 
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Still if the container has found problems with init(), or hasn't recognized/accessed init(), how would it recognize/access the servlet request...
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Why fiddle with the servlet Life Cycle!!
 
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Originally posted by Malhar Barai:
Still if the container has found problems with init(), or hasn't recognized/accessed init(), how would it recognize/access the servlet request...
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it only works when the servlet is at least setup to be called right obviously
 
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