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When I open a JSP it crashes with a java.lang.IllegalStateException

Whenever there is some problem during the startup of Jawr, you will get an exception whe accessing a JSP that contains jawr tags. The trace will look as follows:

java.lang.IllegalStateException: ResourceBundlesHandler not present in servlet context. 
Initialization of Jawr either failed or never occurred.

To fix this problem, you must carefully check the console while the server is starting up, since surely there will be some kind of problem in the initialization process. If you can't see anything, ry and set the log level to debug for jawr so you see all that is being done. The cause for failure can be anything, but most likely there is something wrong with your configuration.

Make sure that you have correctly declared the servlet you are trying to access (for instance, if you only declare a javascript servlet and then you use a CSS tag, you will get this exception).

Sometimes, the error will come from a failure in a minifier. See below for solutions for this problem.


JSMin crashes on startup

Ocasionally you might get an exception at startup with a trace similar to this:

FATAL net.jawr.web.servlet.JawrServlet  - Cause: java.lang.RuntimeException 
[JSMin failed to minify the bundle with id: '[...]'.

The problem here is that JSMin is trying to reduce the size of some of your scripts and encountered a problem with the code syntax. This problem appears especially with open source javascript libraries, which often contain tricky syntax that fools JSMin. To solve this, you need to either fix the syntax or to switch to a different minifier.

To fix the syntax, check the full stacktrace of the exception, since an indication of where the error was encountered will be shown. Also, you can use JSLint, which is an online tool that checks the syntax of your scripts.

You may want to switch to a different minifier. JSLint, while normally efficient enough, is more prone to fail on valid-yet-weird syntax than other alternatives such as the YUI compressor (which is also more efficient anyway). To switch to a different minifier, follow instructions at the postprocessors guide.


Can I use Jawr with a CDN?
Yes, you can. Use the jawr.url.contextpath.override config param to make all generated URLs point to the CDN address.



How do I use a precompressed library?

Chances are you that are using an open source javascript library (Protoype.js, YUI, Ext, Dojo...) And while Jawr includes its own compressing features, often these libraries offer a super-compressed version which goes down to the bare minimum size possible, which Jawr can't match. Also, sometimes these libraries will fail to minify with JSMin, forcing you to switch to a different minifier. In either case, you might wish to use the pre-compressed library script instead of letting Jawr handle compression in this particular case.

However, you might also want to use the uncompressed version of the library so that you can use it in your debugging sessions. Doing this with Jawr is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is to declare two bundles, one for debug mode and another for production mode, then combine both into a composite. The composite can also contain additional scripts which you may want to combine with the library, aiming for minimal HTTP request overhead in your pages. This is an example configuration in which the SoundManager2 and JQuery libraries are both used this way:

# A bundle with your own scripts
jawr.js.bundle.additionalScripts.mappings=/myScript.js, [...] 

# The uncompressed library scripts
jawr.js.bundle.uncompressedLibrary.debugonly=true  # Will show only in debug mode

# The compressed library scripts
jawr.js.bundle.compressedLibrary.debugnever=true # Will show only in production mode
jawr.js.bundle.compressedLibrary.bundlepostprocessors=none # This line avoids minification of these scripts