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From Adrian Sutton <>
Subject RE: [httpclient] Problem with Post Redirect
Date Thu, 20 Mar 2003 23:11:31 GMT
Hi Margaret,
Sorry for not replying to your last message, I generally try to at least
provide an I don't know but I'll ask the developers message to any
HttpClient messages I see, guess this one got lost in the ether of my brain

Actually, this looks like a case that I will have to pass on to the
developers, but there are a few things that I can suggest that might help
you find the problem and will definitely make the developers lives easier.
If you could go through the suggestions at and
provide whatever results you can that would be appreciated (the last couple
of suggestions, using telnet and netcat probably aren't worth it at this
stage).  Particularly, the output of the wire trace would be useful,
instructions are available at

It would definitely be worth finding out if it works correctly without the
proxy in the middle if that's at all possible.  The results of a HEAD method
on the exact URL that you are being redirected to might help as well.

erm, possibly the site is wanting a referrer header?  HttpClient doesn't
provide one by default.

It would be really good to see exactly what a browser sends in response to
that behaviour so if you can access the url via http instead of https and
use a packet sniffer that would help as well.  If not, I may be able to
simulate the server responses with netcat and the wire log from your
attempts with HttpClient, so don't spend too much effort on acquiring a log
of a browser logging in.

That's about all I can come up with at the moment, if you can gather as much
of that information as possible and hit me with it I'll see what I can track
down for you.

Adrian Sutton, Software Engineer
Ephox Corporation

-----Original Message-----
From: Ballard, Margaret []
Sent: Friday, 21 March 2003 12:50 AM
To: Jakarta Commons Users List
Subject: [httpclient] Problem with Post Redirect

I posted this last week, and haven't received a reply.  Trying it again
a more indicative Subject line. 
My problem is that I'm getting a status 405 "method not allowed" status
though the method I'm sending is a get method, and get is listed by the
response as an allowed method.  
How I get to this point: I am going through a proxy using ssl.  I post
information and then, after a successful login, am redirected to a new
I know that followRedirects is disabled for post, so I find out where
being redirected to, and redirect myself by making a getmethod to the
url. Result is what I listed above; a 405 "Method not allowed" Status
Again, am I missing a step?  Is there another way to handle a post
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
        client.getHostConfiguration().setProxy("ourproxy", 8080);
        HttpState state = new HttpState();
        String _uri = "";
        GetMethod method = new GetMethod(_uri);
        int status = client.executeMethod(method);
        PostMethod postmethod = new PostMethod(_uri);
        // Add Request Body
        NameValuePair[] params = new NameValuePair[4];
        params[0] = new NameValuePair("hidden", "yes");
        params[1] = new NameValuePair("username", "username");
        params[2] = new NameValuePair("password", "password");
        params[3] = new NameValuePair("request", "login");
        // Execute Post
        status = client.executeMethod(postmethod);
        // Returns a Status Code 100, so I resubmit
        status = client.executeMethod(postmethod);
        // This time, it returns a Status Code 302 Redirect,
        // so I find where it's redirecting to, and send a Get
        Header location = postmethod.getResponseHeader("Location");
        String redirect = location.getValue();
        GetMethod redirectmethod = new GetMethod(redirect);
        // Here's my problem - it returns a 405 Method not allowed
        // code.  But Get is listed as an Allowed Method in the Response
        status = client.executeMethod(new GetMethod(redirect));
Any help greatly appreciated!!
Margaret Ballard

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