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From "Betsy Frey" <>
Subject RE: about Axis2's binary attachment
Date Fri, 29 Sep 2006 10:21:24 GMT
One does not have to use an ImageDataSource or FileDataSource.  You can code your own DataSource,
implementing javax.activation.DataSource.  

When receiving MTOM data, one gets a DataHandler from the OMText element, and one can get
the input stream from that:

  OMText data = (OMText) child.getFirstOMChild();
  DataHandler dh = (DataHandler) data.getDataHandler();
  InputStream istream = dh.getDataSource().getInputStream();

An intermediate file may still be created.  This is because, when transferring binary data
using MTOM, there is the issue that a very large amount of data could cause an OutOfMemoryError,
without storing it on disk as it is being received.  One controls this by these configuration

  <parameter name="cacheAttachments" locked="false">true</parameter>
  <parameter name="attachmentDIR" locked="false">temp directory</parameter>
  <parameter name="sizeThreshold" locked="false">4000</parameter>

From: scott ken [] 
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 7:53 PM
Subject: Re: about Axis2's binary attachment

Usually we will have an InputStream object. But I didn't make it work. I tried using a byte
array as input. 
you can easily convert an InputStream to a byte array. After that, use ByteArrayDataSource.

                // Build OMText to hold binary data 
                byte[] binaryBytes = ...;
                ByteArrayDataSource dataSource = new ByteArrayDataSource(binaryBytes
                DataHandler expectedDH = new DataHandler(dataSource);
                OMText textData = omFactory.createOMText(expectedDH, true);

On 9/28/06, sam wang <> wrote:
Hi, there,

I have a question about transferring binary attachment through Axis2. I want to transfer binary
attachment from server side to client side. My question is that if I can attach any kind of
data? from Axis2's api, I see there are only two datasource: file and image. theoritically,
can transfer any kind of object because we can first serialize any object to disk, save it
as a
file, and then construct file datasource to attach into soap as binary attachment. but it
will not
be efficient. so my question is that if there is a way to attach the object (for example,

CachedRowSet) to soap directly and return to client, instead of saving as file first. if it
could anyone give me a java snippet?

thank you very much!

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