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From "Vianney Carel (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HTTPCLIENT-990) CachingHttpClient does not return from cache responses having only the public cache-control directive
Date Wed, 08 Sep 2010 15:35:34 GMT

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Vianney Carel commented on HTTPCLIENT-990:

Hi Jonathan,

Actually, the whole caching thing seems to be optional in the RFC. Only when a cache is implemented,
it has to follow some rules.

But I confess I missed the point about using heuristics in the RFC, and reconsidering this
"issue", I can't deny other users might face problems if caching results without explicit
expiration time is enabled by default.

I'll try to change the type and the title of this ticket.

> CachingHttpClient does not return from cache responses having only the public cache-control
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-990
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-990
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Cache
>    Affects Versions: 4.1 Alpha2
>            Reporter: Vianney Carel
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: debug.log
> I noticed that the CachingHttpClient behaves strangely when it receives responses with
only the public cache-control directive, e.g.:
> HTTP/1.0 200 OK
> Server: My test server
> Cache-control: public
> Content-Length: 1
> 1
> Using a debugger, I could see that the response is cached. But when the response is queried
from the cache, it is not considered as "fresh".
> According to the HTTP RFC, such responses "may" be cached (I understand it as a "should"
in our case)... but there's no reason to put responses in the cache if we don't use them later
> The "freshness of the response is analysed after the response is queried from the cache,
thanks to:
> CachedResponseSuitabilityChecker#canCachedResponseBeUsed()
> ... calling CacheEntry#isResponseFresh()
> ... returning true if the response date (getCurrentAgeSecs()) is lower than its use-by
date (getFreshnessLifetimeSecs())
> The issue is that getFreshnessLifetimeSecs() returns 0 when there is no max-age directive.
> This could be fixed by replacing the code of CacheEntry#isResponseFresh() by:
>     public boolean isResponseFresh() {
>         final long freshnessLifetime = getFreshnessLifetimeSecs();
>         if (freshnessLifetime == 0) {
>             return true;
>         }
>         return (getCurrentAgeSecs() < getFreshnessLifetimeSecs());
>     }
> But i'm not 100% confident about not producing some bad side-effects...

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