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From "Dobri Kitipov (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (AXIS2-4288) Support HttpState object association with a client and use it when invoking httpClient.executeMethod(...)
Date Fri, 27 Mar 2009 09:24:51 GMT
Support HttpState object association with a client and use it when invoking httpClient.executeMethod(...)

                 Key: AXIS2-4288
             Project: Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: kernel, transports
            Reporter: Dobri Kitipov

Hi all,
I am opening a new JIRA related to the HttpState association with a given Axis client.

The use case
I want to point out a concrete use case I have. I want to reuse a HttpClient among different
instances of a clients which are executed in different threads. Every client can make several
invocations. The clients can call different Web Services (WSs) deployed at different hosts/servers.
As a consequence every client may need to provide different authentication Credentials and
may need to support transport sessions using Cookies.

Both Credentials and Cookies are part of the HttpState. As a result the HttpState associated
with the HttpClient that is reused cannot be reused that easily in the scenario described
above. Credentials are associated with a given host, port, realm and authentication schema
(defines the AuthScope object used as a key for the credentials Map part of the HttpState).

Following is an excerpt from the AbstractHTTPSender#setAuthenticationInfo:

creds = new UsernamePasswordCredentials(username, password);
agent.getState().setCredentials(new AuthScope(host, port, realm), creds);

Credentials are kept into a Map and could be identified uniquely from client to client (thread
to thread), but this Map is exposed to all clients which reuse the HttpClient which is not
a good idea.

The situation with the other member of the HttpState (i.e. Cookies) is similar. When we have
*different* client instances (configured to use cookies options.setManageSession(true)) calling
one and the same WS's operation then the effect is that both are sharing one JSESSIONID.

The proposal
The proposal is based on my question posted at [2]
The idea is to provide the capability to specify/associate a separate HttpState with every
client and still reuse one and the same HttpClient. What you just need is to pass it as a
parameter to the HttpClient#executeMethod.
I decided that the HttpState should be kept into the ServiceContext. I did all changes needed
in Axis2 kernel (in fact they are really few) and added the possibility to use a separate
HttpState and invoke HttpClient#executeMethod passing it as a parameter. The changes keep
the kernel backward compatible. I did and several tests and it looks good.

Please, give me your comments. Do you like this extension? If so I can provide you with the
changes and finally we can agree on committing them into the kernel. 

I have the patches but we are using a little bit older version of axis2 .I need some time
to apply the changes to the trunk version. Then I will provide them. 
Although I am a WS committer I can not commit anything since I am still waiting my company's
lawyers to check all aspects of this. 

Thank you,


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