Sending a user back a page in history from a form submission

I have a jsp page that submits a form back to itself. When the page is submitted it checks a value for duplicates in the database. If a record is found It alerts the user and this is where the problem occurs.
I want it to take the user back to the page in the state it was when they entered the data but it submits the form data and moves onto the next process.
I have tried history.back() and window.go()
as well as
parent.frames['header'].history.back();parent.frames['main'].history.back();
(the site unfortunately uses framesets at the moment)

below is a snippet of the surrounding code. If anyone could advise me what I'm doing wrong<!--as my javascript knowledge is extremely noobish :| --> I'd be extremely grateful

cheers in advance


//get email submitted and test to make sure it is unique record
<%
  try {
     email = request.getParameter("email");
  }
  catch(Exception e) {
     throw new Exception("email not passed in queyystring");
  }  
try {
     query = "begin ? := \"CHANGEDB_REP\".\"CHECKIFEMAILEXISTS\"(?); end;";

     try{
       connection.setAutoCommit(false);
         try {
            stmt =(OracleCallableStatement)connection.prepareCall(query);
            str = new  oracle.sql.CHAR(email ,myCharSet);
            stmt.setCHAR(2, str);
            stmt.registerOutParameter(1, OracleTypes.NUMBER);
            stmt.execute();
            connection.commit();

            try {
               output = stmt.getNUMBER(1);

               if (output.intValue() > 0) {
%>
                  <script language="Javascript">
                      alert('Sorry the system already has a user registered with the
                              email address <%=email%>');
                      window.history.go(-2);
                  </script>
<%
               }
            }
            catch (Exception e) {
               e.printStackTrace();
            }
            stmt.close();
         }
         catch (Exception e) {
             System.err.println("error creating statement for checkifemailexists");
             e.printStackTrace();
         }
     }
     catch(Exception e) {
        e.printStackTrace();
     }
 }
%>
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applekannaCommented:
We can do this witithout JS

add another parameter in the JSP page whcih lets you know if it is a first request or not say

<input type = hidden name = "error" value =""> for the first time when the page is viewed itself whcih means the user enters data and

suppose this is the signup page

<%
  try {
     email = request.getParameter("email");
     error = request.getParameter("error");

  }
  catch(Exception e) {
     throw new Exception("email not passed in queyystring");

if(error.equals(true)) //duplicate login
{
 //add code to display that you have an error
}
else if (error.equals(false))
{
  //add code to submit the form or use a bean to submit data to db
}
else if(error == null) //first time it is being submitted so get to the db and chec it
{
....

   try {
               output = stmt.getNUMBER(1);

               if (output.intValue() > 0) {
                //error so do
               response.sendRedirect(yourPage?error=true&email=jhjh@hkj.cm);
               }
              else
               response.sendRedirect(yourPage?error=false&email=jhjh@hkj.cm)




}
 

Hope this helps.
If code is still not clear and you want to continue mail again I will explain
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kennethxuCommented:
shouldn't it be history.go(-1)?
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applekannaCommented:
expert kennethxu

RFC on my approach :)
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kennethxuCommented:
>> RFC on my approach :)
I think the question is about duplicate registration instead of duplicate login. Asker want to push user back to the registration page and correct the email address, then submit again.

There are usually 2 approaches. one is what asker did, use javascript the send user back. another is to redisplay the login page with all the data pre-polulated with what user has already submitted.
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kennethxuCommented:
sorry, I meant to redisplay the "registration" page with ...
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RapidDrinkerAuthor Commented:
Hi thanks all,

I kinda got it sorted myself before all your kind help. I simply added a flag in the after the test for duplication which determined whether or not the serverside code was executed or not. lol I still got to get my head around the whole client side scripting. I've accepted apples reply as it was along the same idea as what I used.

thanx for ya help
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