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From "Archie Cobbs (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HTTPCLIENT-731) Interrupting a connecting HTTP request thread incorrectly becomes a timeout exception
Date Thu, 24 Jan 2008 17:12:34 GMT
Interrupting a connecting  HTTP request thread incorrectly becomes a timeout exception

                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-731
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-731
             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: HttpClient
    Affects Versions: 3.1 Final
            Reporter: Archie Cobbs

Consider this logic in {{TimeoutController.java}}:
    public static void execute(Thread task, long timeout) throws TimeoutException {
        try {
        } catch (InterruptedException e) {
            /* if somebody interrupts us he knows what he is doing */
        if (task.isAlive()) {
            throw new TimeoutException();

The effect of this is that if thread A is in the middle of performing an HTTP request and
happens to be waiting for the socket to connect, and then thread B interrupts thread A, thread
A will throw a {{TimeoutException}}, even if the actual timeout is far off in the future.

In other words, interrupting a requesting thread that happens to be waiting for a socket to
connect is incorrectly interpreted as a connection timeout, which is incorrect.

In my application, this causes the client to incorrectly believe the server is down, when
in actuality some other part of the client is simply trying to cancel an outstanding RPC request.

I realize that invoking {{HttpMethodBase.abort()}} would be a better way to abort the RPC
request and am working on refactoring my code to do that.

However, this "translation" of a thread interruption into a timeout event is still incorrect.
Furthermore, this behavior is undocumented AFAICT.

Suggestion for improvement: Convert thread interruptions into the equivalent of {{abort()}}
and document this behavior.

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