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From Daniel Kulp <>
Subject Re: CXF JaxWs Endpoint fail with 'The given SOAPAction does not match an operation' when the action contains accented characters
Date Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:06:38 GMT

Some bad news…. with a little bit of good news.

The HttpURLConnection that CXF uses by default for sending requests to the server always seems
to use UTF-8.  I checked with Java 6/7/8 and they all do that.  There doesn’t seem to be
any way to make it behave correctly.  :-(     If you can try creating an HttpURLConnection
and calling setRequestProperty(“SOAPAction”, “Héader”) or something and doing a wireshark
or similar, you’ll see it’s  sending as UTF-8 encoded.  Seems to be a bug in the JDK.
 If you can figure out away to get it to properly send the header, I’d love to see it.

Both of the async clients we have (Netty on 3.0 and the Async client on both 2.7 and 3.0)
seem to handle ISO-8859-1 headers properly.  Thus, you can add the appropriate dependencies
and configure it to “aways” use the async transport and it should transfer fine.   

HOWEVER - neither of those will handle any characters outside of 8859-1.   They don’t encode
the header using the RFC that’s there for encoding headers outside of the 8859-1 code set.
 Thus, this still isn’t a full solution.

That all said, I’d STRONGLY STRONGLY encourage you to change the Action to NOT have those
characters.   Any client that uses the JAX-WS reference implementation built into the JDK
would also fail (due to them also using the HttpURLConnection).  


On Jun 20, 2014, at 4:42 AM, Younes Ouadi <> wrote:

> Hello Dears,
> I have an issue with soap-actions that contains accented charaters. I'm
> sure that this is not something new and it is possible that I'm missing
> something. So, please help.
> My case is as follows:
> * I have received a WSDL of a third party system
> * I have used wsdl2java maven plugin to generate classes
> * I have setted up a client and a server using Spring method
> * When I try to consume a service, the server reject my request with: 'The
> given SOAPAction does not match an operation'
> * The logs shows that the SOAPAction header:
> ** at the client side contains the corrcet value which contain an accented
> character (the character 'é')
> ** at the server side, it contains a wrong value (the 'é' is replace by two
> other charaters)
> It looks like that CXF:
> * at the client side, it hase encoded the the header value using UTF-8
> * while at the the server side, it has decoded the header value using
> ISO-8859-1
> I have asked this question on SO and I have got a reply saying that as per
> HTTP Specs, headers should be in ISO-8859-1.
> My question here is: how I can ask CXF to encode headers, at the client
> side, using ISO-8859-1 instead of UTF-8?
> My config is:
> * OS: Fedora 19
> * JDK: Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_33-b03) | Java
> HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.8-b03, mixed mode)
> * CXF: 2.7.11
> I have put all the detail of thsi case on SO. Please see '
> '.
> Warm regards.
> Younes Ouadi

Daniel Kulp -
Talend Community Coder -

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