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I have an applet (where the user logins) & on pressing login button I send the login details to my servlet. In my applet, the function responsible for sending the login details to the servelt & receiving the servlet response object FAILS.

My problem is: I dont know why my function sendObject( Object o ) fails & I dont know how to fix it. Could you help me understand what is wrong & why?

I am using Apache 7.0. I think that receiving the response (getting the input stream) from the servlet fails but I dont know why & logging in was working fine the other day so I know my WEB-INF folder is set up fine & the web.xml is fine.

My function (I document where the function fails):

Java Console Output:

Result from applet.getCodeBase() = http://localhost:8080/Updater/
In sendObject(): java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://localhost:8080/Updater/Updater

From the Apache log:

20/02/2011 11:15:08 AM org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationContext log
INFO: ContextListener: contextInitialized()
20/02/2011 11:15:08 AM org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationContext log
INFO: SessionListener: contextInitialized()
20/02/2011 11:15:23 AM org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationContext log
INFO: Marking servlet Updater as unavailable
20/02/2011 11:15:23 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapperValve invoke
SEVERE: Allocate exception for servlet Updater
at javax.servlet.GenericServlet.getServletContext(GenericServlet.java:125)
at UpdaterServlet.<init>(UpdaterServlet.java:32) // REFER BELOW TO SEE LINE 32 OF THIS FILE
at sun.reflect.NativeConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance(Unknown Source)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.reflect.Constructor.newInstance(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Class.newInstance0(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Class.newInstance(Unknown Source)
at org.apache.catalina.core.DefaultInstanceManager.newInstance(DefaultInstanceManager.java:119)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapper.loadServlet(StandardWrapper.java:1048)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapper.allocate(StandardWrapper.java:799)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapperValve.invoke(StandardWrapperValve.java:135)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContextValve.invoke(StandardContextValve.java:161)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHostValve.invoke(StandardHostValve.java:164)
at org.apache.catalina.valves.ErrorReportValve.invoke(ErrorReportValve.java:100)
at org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve.invoke(AccessLogValve.java:541)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngineValve.invoke(StandardEngineValve.java:118)
at org.apache.catalina.connector.CoyoteAdapter.service(CoyoteAdapter.java:383)
at org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Processor.process(Http11Processor.java:243)
at org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol$Http11ConnectionHandler.process(Http11Protocol.java:188)
at org.apache.tomcat.util.net.JIoEndpoint$SocketProcessor.run(JIoEndpoint.java:288)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.runTask(Unknown Source)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)

localhost_access_log...: - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:12 +1100] "GET /Updater/index.html HTTP/1.1" 304 - - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:15 +1100] "GET /Updater/UpdaterApplet.class HTTP/1.1" 304 - - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:15 +1100] "GET /Updater/ContentTree.class HTTP/1.1" 304 - - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:15 +1100] "GET /Updater/ContentMap.class HTTP/1.1" 304 - - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:15 +1100] "GET /Updater/UpdaterApplet$1.class HTTP/1.1" 304 - - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:15 +1100] "GET /Updater/SQLInterface.class HTTP/1.1" 304 - - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:23 +1100] "GET /Updater/ObjSerializationInterface.class HTTP/1.1" 304 - - - [20/Feb/2011:11:15:23 +1100] "POST /Updater/Updater HTTP/1.1" 500 3117

This is the UpdaterServlet.java file (if you see above theres an error at line 32 of this file):

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You better go back and study the servlet life cycle. Apparently you are relying on the constructor for UpdaterServlet to do all the work. I suspect your init method for that servlet does not correctly set the servlet context which is why you get:

at javax.servlet.GenericServlet.getServletContext(GenericServlet.java:125)

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