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Use of redirect: in Spring MVC

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I am working with the following controller from the Spring In Practice book:

The project is using an InternalResourceViewResolver. As you can see, the postComment() method is mapped to a URL of the form: "http://localhost:8080/sip/articles/{article-name}/commnets", where my web application context path is "/sip". When I hit this method (which saves a comment to an article), as you see above, the method does a redirect to view named by the string {pageNumber + "#comment-" + comment.getId()}, where pageNumber and comment.getId() are integers. This should form a string of the form: "1#commnet-5" for pageNumber = 1 and comment.getId() = 5. The return statement will then be: return "redirect:1#comment-5";. When I hit this method in the application with these values, it redirects to the URL "http://localhost:8080/sip/{article-name}/1?null". My understanding of redirect: was that it takes the view that follows ':' as the redirect URL, so it seems like it should have redirected to "http://localhost:8080/sip/1#comment-5". I don't see where the redirected URL is getting the {article-name} from and why it is dropping the "#comment-5". Also, as part of testing I changed the statement to: [return "redirect:";] and the URL I got was "http://localhost:8080/sip/#postComment". Could someone enlighten me as to what is going on. I am obviously not fully understanding how redirect: works in Spring. Thank you in advance.
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"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can show to any human being,
let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

GET-POST-REDIRECT pattern from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post/Redirect/Get

According to my understanding: See my down below Servlet3UploadController as a simple illustration concept-wise.
(Use case: The user get a upload form, post it, and recieve a status: success or failure)

For my example: I use TCP/IP monitor to see the traffic exchange between client and server

1. client From browser: http://localhost:18180/mvc/newupload (where mvc is my servlet context)
GET /mvc/newupload HTTP/1.1

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

(client see the form and upload a file)

POST /mvc/newupload/form HTTP/1.1

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Location: http://localhost:18180/mvc/newupload;jsessionid=1AB62F1331AB48940C08CD248B75D486


4. client see the form

Mike Tabak
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Thanks, I understand this. Actually my questions comes down to the following. Say I have a controller with the following method:

This will try to redirect to a view "/ctxroot/rd/rdtest" where ctxroot is the context root. So in the above since we don't have a leading slash in the redirect (redirect:/rdtest), the redirect is with respect to /ctxroot/rd. If we did include the slash we would have redirected to "/ctxroot/rdtest". So when the slash is missing, is this what is referred to as redirecting to the parent URL?
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Trust but verify.

A. I assume there is not request mapping at the class level

From Spring Framework Reference Documentation 4.0.4.RELEASE
16.5. Resolving views

"redirect:{url}" is a RedirectView. When Spring see The redirect: prefix, it will take it a REDIRECT with {url} is the redirect URL.

For your case:
return "redirect:/rdtest";
will be mapped as:

(relative to the current Servlet context ctxroot)

2. BUT

return "redirect:rdtest";

will be mapped as: http://server:port/ctxroot/rd/test/rdtest

This is the FUN part with a debugger. (Trust but verify.)

B. Just use a debugger and set a break at below method and put a trace for log.

Put a trace for log:

Edited: Use TCP/IP mon to watch the exchange between client and server where you will see the absolute redirect URL: See header Location: {http url}
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