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From Sinead Whelan <sinead.e.whe...@aib.ie>
Subject Pooling HttpClient
Date Tue, 11 Feb 2003 20:44:14 GMT

I wish to use HttpClient in a servlet based application. The HttpClient will be used to communicate
with another internal server (always the same server). This communications will be in HTTP
over SSL and I would like to be able to reuse connections to the server without having to
do an expensive SSL handshake all the time. I would intend to have a long timeout on the HTTP
connection (~15 minutes).

Currently in my servlet I have code similar to below,

class MyServlet extends HttpServlet {

   static HttpConnectionManager httpConnectionManager = new MultiThreadedHttpConnectionManager();
   static HttpClient httpClient = new HttpClient(httpConnectionManager);

    public void init() {

    public void doPost(Req req, Response resp) {
        PostMethod post = new PostMethod(url.getPath());
       post.addParameter("TestReq", "Hello");
        int result = httpClient.executeMethod(post);


This does not appear to work when a few users/threads are accessing the servlet at the same
time. I get the following error message on the executeMethod():

Recoverable exception caught when reading response - couldn't find valid http header. (or
something like that!)

Do you think that this is the correct way to use it if you want to pool connection to same
server (should I use static HttpClient)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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