url not working

i have a link in jsp when i click on it , i get the following in the browser
http://localhost:7004/myapps/MyServlet?id=25&filename=abcd%20def%20ijk-00-02-6789.xls

and i get 404 error !.

but the servlet is there .

when i call using http://localhost:7004/myapps/MyServlet?id=25 i get Nullpointer exception.

how to modify the url in the jsp so that it can call the servlet.

basically i am trying to send  one id and file name through the link to the servlet

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gnoonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I cant understand your code coz never used rs.wasNull before. Please try this code
public byte[] selectBlob(String rowid)
{
    byte[] returndata = null;
    Connection connection = null;
    try
    {
        // Prepare a Statement:
        connection = new DBUtil().getConnection();
        Statement stmt = connection.createStatement();
 
        // Execute
        ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(
            "SELECT rowid, blob_field FROM blob_repository WHERE rowid = "+rowid);
 
        if(rs.next())
        {
            try
            {
                // Get as a BLOB
                Blob aBlob = rs.getBlob(2);
                returndata = aBlob.getBytes(1, (int) aBlob.length());
            }
            catch(Exception ex)
            {
                // The driver could not handle this as a BLOB...
                // Fallback to default (and slower) byte[] handling
                returndata = rs.getBytes(2);
            }
        }
 
        // Close resources
        rs.close();
        stmt.close();
 
    }
    catch(Exception ex)
    {
        System.err.println("Couldn't retrieve binary data: " + ex);
    }
    finally
    {
        try{connection.close();}catch(Exception e){}
    }
 
    return returndata;
}

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jcoombesCommented:
Do you have a copy of your web.xml file - can you post it?
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gnoonCommented:
I think the servlet is success invoked, but it forwards to another page with wrong path reference.
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jcoombesCommented:
Hmmm...yeah you're right.  the NPE is probably because it's missing the filename parameter....
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cofactorAuthor Commented:
yea...i have web.xml

<servlet-mapping>
    <servlet-name>MyServlet</servlet-name>
    <url-pattern>/MyServlet</url-pattern>
  </servlet-mapping>

yea..i am getting NPE .

if the value of param name has blanks , can it create problem ?
is it because it has an .xls in value.

not sure how to go about it
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cofactorAuthor Commented:
>I think the servlet is success invoked, but it forwards to another page with wrong path reference

hello Master, can you please clarify what you  meant here ?

can i cross check ?
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cofactorAuthor Commented:
Do you want to see my servlet ?

here it is

this is the content of doPost method

                ServletOutputStream out = response.getOutputStream();
            response.setContentType("application/x-download");
            String rowid=(String)request.getParameter("id");
            String fileName=(String)request.getParameter("filename");
            response.setHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename=" + fileName);
            DownloadUtil dutil =new DownloadUtil();
            byte[] excelbyte=dutil.selectBlob(rowid);
            out.write(excelbyte);
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gnoonCommented:
404 error is probably know as Page Not Found Error, but the servlet is found. So, it should be another page.

The possible case is you have code like this at the end of the servlet

response.sendRedirect( anotherPageURL );

or

request.getRequestDispatcher( anotherPageURL ).forward(request, response);

// anotherPageURL  can be either relative or full URL. However, it may be not there.
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cofactorAuthor Commented:
i dont have any page forward at the end of the servlet in fact.

i dont want that also.

i want to download excel .

i have got the excel  byte[]  array from the DB blob and put that byte[] into ServletOutputStream so that user might get a download prompt .

and so i did not put any page forwarding.

please look at the above code i posted.

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gnoonCommented:
>this is the content of doPost method
But you have send parameters via GET method. Is it really be called? Should it be doGet?

>yea..i am getting NPE .
As code above, I see only one line that may throw the error.
byte[] excelbyte=dutil.selectBlob(rowid); // inside selectBlob somewhere
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cofactorAuthor Commented:
>But you have send parameters via GET method. Is it really be called? Should it be doGet?

doGet  is calling doPost() ...so no worry .

public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
                  throws ServletException, IOException {

            doPost(request,response);
      }


>byte[] excelbyte=dutil.selectBlob(rowid); // inside selectBlob somewhere

very much unlikely ....as i have printed all the stacktraces ....no exception is printed.
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gnoonCommented:
To cross check, simple write something to the browser and comment code above.
response.setContentType("text/html;charset=UTF-8");
PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();
out.print("<h1>You're trying to export excel file.</h1>");
out.close();

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cofactorAuthor Commented:
i made a mistake in the servlet code and so it was not geeting called.

basically , i made a mistake in the servletname and mapping and servlet class....there was a capslock problem......anyway, things has been resolved now.

when i call servlet , i get a debug prompt in the servlet but i am surprised to see
byte[] excelbyte=dutil.selectBlob(rowid);  // excelbyte =null !!!!!!!!


i dont know why its coming as null .

though i am getting Download prompt but nothing is saving and also not getting .xls file.
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cofactorAuthor Commented:
here i am sending the selectBlob method
public byte[] selectBlob(String rowid) {
 
		ResultSet rs = null;
		Statement stmt = null;
		Connection connection = null;
		byte[] returndata = null;
 
		try {
 
			connection = (new DBUtil()).getConnection();
			stmt = connection.createStatement();
 
			String sql = "SELECT rowid, blob_field FROM blob_repository WHERE rowid = "
					+ rowid;
 
			rs = stmt.executeQuery(sql);
 
			if (rs.next()) {
 
				try {
					ByteArrayOutputStream baos = new ByteArrayOutputStream(1024);
					BufferedInputStream bis = new BufferedInputStream(rs
							.getBinaryStream("blob_field"));
					byte bindata[] = new byte[1024];
					int bytesread = 0;
 
					if (!rs.wasNull()) {
 
						if ((bytesread = bis.read(bindata, 0, bindata.length)) != -1) {
							baos.write(bindata, 0, bytesread);
 
						} else {
							returndata = baos.toByteArray();
 
						}
					}
 
					bis.close();
 
				} catch (IOException ioe) {
					System.err.println("Problem retrieving binary data: " + ioe);
				}
			}
 
		} catch (SQLException se) {
			System.err.println("Couldn't retrieve binary data: " + se);
		} finally {
			try {
 
				if (rs != null)
					rs.close();
				if (stmt != null)
					stmt.close();
				if (connection != null)
					connection.close();
 
				connection.close();
			} catch (SQLException e) {
				// TODO Auto-generated catch block
				e.printStackTrace();
			}
		}
 
		return returndata;
	}

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cofactorAuthor Commented:
i called that method in the servlet

byte[] excelbyte=dutil.selectBlob(rowid); //excelbyte==null  :(

and also not getting .xls  file extension


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