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From Fredrik Lindgren <>
Subject Re: httpclient timeout
Date Sat, 01 Dec 2001 21:30:02 GMT
+1 for adding timeouts

Currently HttpClient does not seem to have a way to set the timeout. 
(I'm just a user and I might be wrong)

However it should be easy to implement since the HttpConnection uses inside.

The following snippet should do the trick if added to HttpConnection

  * Set my {@link Socket}'s timeout, via
  * {@link Socket#setSoTimeout}.
  * @throws SocketException - if there is an error in the underlying
  * protocol, such as a TCP error.
  * @throws IllegalStateException if I am not connected
public void setSoTimeout(int timeout)
		throws SocketException, IllegalStateException {
	_socket.setSoTimeout(int timeout);

Please correct me if I'm wrong, or respond with a good argument why this 
would be a bad way to do it.

An alternative to changing the public API would be to add a protected 
method getSocket() so that extending HttpConnection to support timeouts 
would be possible.

/Fredrik Lindgren wrote:

> Hello,
> I would imagine that this is a very frequently asked question, but I could not find any
mention of it in the list archives.
> Does Commons' httpclient have a way of setting a connection timeout?
> I looked at the API javadocs and could not find a way to do it.
> If there is no way to do it does httpclient block when it encounters super slow connections?
> Thanks,
> Otis
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