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Browser freezes after export data to csv file using struts action & Servlet

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Hello Everyone,

I tried two approaches to export CSV data and each one gives a different issue.

Approach 1 - Using a Struts Action class and Servlet*

Here the problem is when i export the file, it gives me an option to save/open the file and after that the mouse cursor will show the waiting icon and i cant do anything on the browser window. the browser completely freeze there and i cant do anything on it unless i refresh the page. Anybody know whats going on here? See the code below:

Struts action class
public class ExportUserDetail extends Action {
public ActionForward execute(ActionMapping mapping, ActionForm form,
               HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) 
     MyForm aForm = (MyForm) form;
     String exportpath = "servlets/ExportServlet?userType="
               + aForm.getUserType() + "&fromDate=" + aForm.getFromDate()
               + "&toDate=" + aForm.getToDate() + "&userId="
               + aForm.getUserId();
     try {
          URI uri = null;
          PageURL urlRender = PageURL.createPageURL(request, response);
          String urlpath = urlRender.toString();
          urlpath = urlpath.substring(0, urlpath.lastIndexOf("?"));
          uri = new URI(urlpath);
          System.out.println("uri : " + uri);

     } catch (Exception e) {
     return null;
Export Servlet
public class ExportServlet extends HttpServlet 
     public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException 
        ServletOutputStream out = null;
         BufferedInputStream  bis = null;
        BufferedOutputStream bos = null;   
               MyForm form = new MyForm();                              

               String userType = request.getParameter("userType");
               String fromDate = request.getParameter("fromDate");
               String toDate = request.getParameter("toDate");
               String userId = request.getParameter("userId");


               List list = AppUtil.getUserNameAndCount(form);
               String outputDocument=getCSVString(list);                    
               try {
                    out = response.getOutputStream ();                    
               } catch(IOException e) {                       

               response.setHeader("Content-disposition","attachment; filename=export.csv");
               bis = new BufferedInputStream(new ByteArrayInputStream(outputDocument.getBytes()));

               bos = new BufferedOutputStream(out);

               byte[] buff = new byte[2048];
               int bytesRead;
               while(-1 != (bytesRead =, 0, buff.length))){

                    bos.write(buff, 0, bytesRead);
          } catch (Exception e) {

               if (out != null) {                        
               out = null;

               if (bis != null) {
                     bis =null;
             if (bos != null) {
Struts.xml file entry.

<action path="/filedownload" type="com.myapp.ExportUserDetail" name="myForm" scope="session" validate="false">

Approach 2 - Using a Struts DownloadAction class*

This approach is giving me new issue. I got the below error when i tried to execute the ReportDownload Action class. code attached


<Jun 7, 2011 4:55:23 PM CDT> <Warning> <org.apache.struts.action.RequestProcessor> <BEA-000000> <Unhandled Exception thrown: class java.lang.IllegalStateException>

My Class which extends DownloadAction
public class ReportDownload extends DownloadAction  {

      protected StreamInfo getStreamInfo(ActionMapping mapping, ActionForm form,
               HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
               throws Exception {

          MyForm aForm = (MyForm) form;
          List list = ActivityUtil.getUserNameAndCount(aForm);
          String outputDocument = getCSVString(list);
          response.setHeader("Content-disposition","attachment; filename=export.slk");
          String contentType = "application/";
          byte[] slkBytes = outputDocument.getBytes();          
          return new ByteArrayStreamInfo(contentType, slkBytes);

     protected class ByteArrayStreamInfo implements StreamInfo 
          protected String contentType;
          protected byte[] bytes;
          public ByteArrayStreamInfo(String contentType, byte[] bytes) {
               this.contentType = contentType;
               this.bytes = bytes;
          public String getContentType() {
               return contentType;
          public InputStream getInputStream() throws IOException {
               System.out.println("getStreamInfo-getInputStream-1" + bytes);
               return new ByteArrayInputStream(bytes);

     public String getCSVString(List list){
        return csv.toString();
Finally when i ran the application, console printed the SOP line inside the getInputStream function and then i got the "RequestProcessor" error message which is given above.

I am running out of options here. Please help

Edited by: john on Jun 8, 2011 8:13 AM

Edited by: john on Jun 8, 2011 12:19 PM


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