ApplicationDispatcher.requestURI starting with two slashes

Peter Horlock <>
Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:39:34 -0700 (PDT)

we have written a litter filter that rewrites incoming request, as
well as by using a response Wrapper object that will rewrite the
encodeUrl Methods so that outgoing urls will also be rewritten.

So the code looks something like this:
String rewriteURL = createRewriteURL(request);
RequestDispatcher forwardDispatcher =
forwardDispatcher.forward(request, toRewriteResponse(request, new
ResponseWrapperClass(request, response)));

This code works perfectly under some context path, lets say
However, when run on the context root "/", it fails.

I also found a / or "the" bug, in the forwardDispatcher object, when
debugging, the private requestURI attribute
starts with two "/" slashes instead of just one. Example:

request.getRequestDispatcher(rewriteURL) is handled internally by
Tomcat code, but by manually adding some of it's source code, I was
able to debug into the following lines of code that get called when
request.getRequestDispatcher(rewriteURL) is called:

public class ApplicationContext
    implements ServletContext {
     private ThreadLocal localUriMB = new ThreadLocal();

    public RequestDispatcher getRequestDispatcher(String path) {
  MessageBytes uriMB = (MessageBytes) localUriMB.get();
        CharChunk uriCC = uriMB.getCharChunk();

     return new ApplicationDispatcher(wrapper, uriCC.toString(),
wrapperPath, pathInfo, queryString, null);

When the Dispatcher is created, the uricCC.toString() contains the two
slashes ("//").
However, where do they come from? What's going on here / what's going
wrong here? I am really confused, sorry!

Thanks in advance,


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