Servlet Spec 3.0 does not make clear what relationship exists between metadata-complete setting in web.xml and the discovering and invocation of ServletContainerInitializers.
The stated purpose of ServletContainerInitializers is to allow for pluggable framework initialization, and the given example is initializing the JSP container. This implies that a setting of metadata-complete=true is irrelevant to the finding and calling of ServletContainerInitializers.
If so, even if metata-complete==true for a given webapp, then we are forced to scan every class available to the webapp in the case that a discovered ServletContainerInitializer has a @HandlesTypes annotation - if the HandlesTypes specifies an annotation, then we will scan every class for that annotation, or if HandlesTypes specifies a class, then we need to scan for that class and its descendants. This can take a significant amount of time for a webapp with a large number of jars in WEB-INF/lib.
Please clarify if this is correct, or if metatadata-complete==true means that all ServletContainerInitializers are ignored.