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Debugging Classpath Problems

Chuck Hill

I recently found this useful and thought others might too:

System.out.println("\nClassPath Follows....\n");
ClassLoader classLoader = ClassLoader.getSystemClassLoader();
URL[] urls = ((URLClassLoader)classLoader).getURLs();
for(int i=0; i<urls.length; i++) {
  System.out.println(urls[i].toString() + "\n");
}

Add this to public static void main(String argv[]) before the call to WOApplication.main(argv, Application.class) and add these imports:

import java.io.*;
import java.net.*;

Backtracked Too Far Errors

There are several things that can cause this:

  • having a page cache size that is too small, set the cache size on Application
  • the session missing on the URL. If WO creates a new session and then tries to use a component action URL you can get this error
  • bad HTML on the page can cause a new session to get generated. If you are storing the session ID in cookies, this can replace the "real" session ID
  • something (java script, bad HTML) creating a flurry of bad requests to the app and thus knocking the page out of the cache. You can override and add logging to savePage() in Session to check for this
  • other things...

Not Using PageWithName to Create Pages

Creating pages directly like this

public EditOrder editBooking() {
   EditOrder nextPage = new EditOrder(context());  // BAD BAD BAD
   return nextPage;
}

instead of,

public EditOrder editBooking() {
   EditOrder nextPage = (EditOrder)pageWithName(EditOrder.class.getName());
   return nextPage;
}

can result in the page not getting saved in the page cache (and probably other bad things too) which will result in this back tracking error.

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