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From Daniel Kulp <>
Subject Re: why does the SOAP CheckFaultInterceptor run in the POST_PROTOCOL phase?
Date Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:39:50 GMT
On Friday 14 November 2008 10:27:55 am Eoghan Glynn wrote:
> Folks,
> Is there any reason why the SOAP CheckFaultInterceptor runs in the
> POST_PROTOCOL phase, as opposed to PRE_PROTOCOL?

Well, the basic reason is that to check for a fault, it needs to look at the 
first element in the body.  The headers and envelop and such are handled in 
the PROTOCOL phase, thus, it needs to be checked afterword.

> The net result is handleFault() is never called for a client-side JAX-WS
> SOAPHandler, as the CheckFaultInterceptor (which is responbile for
> determining if a fault is present in the incoming message) is assigned to a
> phase that runs *after* the PRE_PROTOCOL phase in which the JAX-WS handler
> chain is traversed. So Handler.handleFault() can never be called, as it
> isn't yet known that the message actually contains a fault.

Which MAY be correct.   I'd need to double check the spec and TCK and such.  
(before committing any change in this area, let me know and I'll run the tck 
on it).   The handleFault may be for handling faults that are generated as 
part of processing the normal message.     I'd need to double check on that.

> So before I go fixing this I wanted to check if this apparent mis-ordering
> was just an oversight, or whether there's method to the madness :)

That all said, I've THOUGHT about adding a HttpErrorCodeInterceptor or 
something that goes very early in the chain to flip it over to the 
faultInChain if the response code is 500.  That could be done LONG before any 
processing of anything else is done.   Obviously only useful for HTTP 
transport though.     The current implementation means that any stream 
related things only on the faultInChain wouldn't ever get called.   Flipping 
over based on response code would fix that.

Daniel Kulp

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