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Adding a Plugin - Jsp in pages folder

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while creating new plugins in Struts, why is it mandatory for jsp's to be in pages directory.

If I create a folder called "ast" under WEB-INF and keep the jsp page in this new folder under WEB-INF (WEB-INF\ast), I am not able to run the jsp page from the url



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The whole reason for putting JSPs under the WEB-INF/ directory is so that they cannot be accessed directly through a URL.

The J2EE specification for web containers dictates that anything put in WEB-INF or its child directories cannot be accessible through a URL. The reasoning for putting pages there is that it isn't a good idea for a user to be able to call a JSP page directly by name. This makes it so that the only way to reach /WEB-INF/xyz.jsp is by calling an action or Servlet that forwards to it (
[ October 17, 2006: Message edited by: Merrill Higginson ]
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