While the servlet engine can be ready to accept user requests, it is possible that a request is made while the geoserver startup process was not finished yet, mostly probable due to de delay added by the set up of DataStores.
In such case, geoserver should be able to send an exception instead of just failing and get the servlet container disabling the called servlet.
CodeHaus Comment From: dzwiers - Time: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 20:10:45 -0600
<p>This is completed in 1.2.* as the configuration is loaded prior to the server accepting requests.</p>