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From Ortwin Glück (JIRA) <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HTTPCLIENT-886) Incorrect handling of NoHttpResponseException in DefaultHttpMethodRetryHandler
Date Wed, 04 Nov 2009 14:31:32 GMT

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Ortwin Glück commented on HTTPCLIENT-886:

NoHttpResponseException is only ever thrown (from readStatusLine()) after the response has
been sent. So the conditon would never be true, actually. Can we think of ANY scenario where
retrying is the right thing to do when we get no response from the server?

> Incorrect handling of NoHttpResponseException in DefaultHttpMethodRetryHandler
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-886
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-886
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 3.1 Final
>            Reporter: Sylvain Laurent
> We have a buggy load-balancer that sometimes forwards the request to the back-end server,
and then close the connections without returning any data at all.
> This provokes a NoHttpResponseException inside commons http client 3.1, which is handled
by DefaultHttpMethodRetryHandler.
> Unfortunately DefaultHttpMethodRetryHandler handles this NoHttpResponseException by asking
for a retry. In our case, this is very dangerous because the request has already been sent
and is being processed by the back-end server.
> I think that in the case of a NoHttpResponseException the test !method.isRequestSent()
shoud be done :
>         if (exception instanceof NoHttpResponseException && !method.isRequestSent())
>             // Retry if the server dropped connection on us AND the request was not sent
>             return true;
>         }

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