#190 filter-mapping with 2 url-pattern elements


I'm using a web.xml with Servlet-Filters. My filter is definened in the following way:

If the Servlet Runner is initialized with the web.xml, a SAXException occurs.

new ServletRunner(new File("src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/web.xml"));

Exception StackTrace:
org.xml.sax.SAXException: Node <filter-mapping> has no child named <url-pattern>
at com.meterware.servletunit.XMLUtils.getChildNodeValue(XMLUtils.java:46)
at com.meterware.servletunit.XMLUtils.getChildNodeValue(XMLUtils.java:37)
at com.meterware.servletunit.WebApplication.registerFilter(WebApplication.java:435)
at com.meterware.servletunit.WebApplication.registerFilters(WebApplication.java:419)
at com.meterware.servletunit.WebApplication.<init>(WebApplication.java:132)
at com.meterware.servletunit.WebApplication.<init>(WebApplication.java:109)
at com.meterware.servletunit.ServletRunner.<init>(ServletRunner.java:66)

If I remove one url-pattern element, ServletRunner is initialized successfully. After looking up the implementation of com.meterware.servletunit.WebApplication.registerFilter in HttpUnit, I'm pretty sure that HttpUnit does not expect more than one url-pattern and can only handle one url-pattern per filter. Because the element count is != '1', the exception is thrown.

It would be very nice to see HttpUnit expanded, so I could test my servlets.


  • Wolfgang Fahl

    Wolfgang Fahl - 2012-09-13

    Dear httpunit user!

    Thank you for your bug report. We appreciate the time and effort you are putting into this.

    Please supply a testcase with the expected result for the bug report that you are asking a solution for and we'll look into implementing it. For a start you might want to get the trunk version from the subversion repository (see https://sourceforge.net/svn/?group_id=6550\)
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  • Wolfgang Fahl

    Wolfgang Fahl - 2012-09-13
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  • Wolfgang Fahl

    Wolfgang Fahl - 2012-09-13

    Dear httpunit User

    thank you for your bug report. I'll happily commit the necessary changes. Please supply a testcase and patch as outlined in our developer FAQ.



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