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From "Sylvain Laurent (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HTTPCLIENT-886) Incorrect handling of NoHttpResponseException in DefaultHttpMethodRetryHandler
Date Wed, 04 Nov 2009 12:49:32 GMT
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
            Priority: Critical
             Fix For: 3.1.1

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

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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