Java Struts 1: forward from action to action. Passing data through ActionForms

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We've been trying to redirect from one action to another, hoping that data would be passed between corresponding ActionForm beans. The first action receives a request from the browser, prints a data field, and forwards it to another action, which prints the same field and redirects to a JSP.

The problem is that ActionTo is printing an incorrect value – its commonInt has a default value of 0, while we expect 35.

Here is a representing example:

public class ActionFrom extends DispatchableAction{

    public ActionForward send(ActionMapping mapping, ActionForm form, HttpServletRequest request,HttpServletResponse response){
        FormA formA = (FormA)form;

        formA.commonInt = 35;
        System.out.println("sent: "+formA.commonInt);
        return mapping.findForward("send");
    }
}

public class ActionTo extends DispatchableAction{

    public ActionForward recv(ActionMapping mapping, ActionForm form, HttpServletRequest request,HttpServletResponse response){
        FormB formB = (FormB)form;

        System.out.println("recv= "+formB.commonInt);

        return mapping.findForward("send");
    }
}

And actionForms are:

public class FormA extends ActionForm {
    public int intA;
    public int commonInt;
}

public class FormB extends ActionForm{
    public int intB;
    public int commonInt;
}

Mappings:

<action path="/from" type="EXPERIMENT.ActionFrom" name="formA" scope="request"
      input="something.jsp" parameter="dispatch" unknown="false" validate="false">
 <forward  name="send" path="/to.do?dispatch=recv" redirect="false"/>
</action>

 <action path="/to" type="EXPERIMENT.ActionTo" name="formB"  scope="request"
      input="something.jsp" parameter="dispatch" unknown="false" validate="false">
      <forward name="send" path="/login.do"  redirect="false"/>
 </action>

Is there a way to accomplish this? Or both forms should be the same?

The workaround we tried was to pass things through request, but it can get large and messy.

Best Solution

Tom, using you solution and combining with ActionRedirect, suggested by Vincent Ramdhanie, I got what you wanted too.

The code is simple as that and it allow you to have separated Forms for each Action.

ActionRedirect redirect = new ActionRedirect(mapping.findForward("send"));
redirect.addParameter("commonInt", formA.getCommonInt());
return redirect;
formB.setCommonInt(request.getParameter("commonInt"));

This endend up saving my day and helping me not to have the effort to change that directly in the JSP, what would be awful.

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