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From "Jon Moore (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HTTPCLIENT-1099) Overriding Caching Policies
Date Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:45:58 GMT

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Jon Moore commented on HTTPCLIENT-1099:
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Hi Bart,

Per Oleg's comment on the users list, we went with a general concept of "keep the public API
surface as small as possible" in order to allow us more freedom to make structural changes
to the code without breaking backwards compatibility, with the notion that we would add hooks
if/when people asked for them...and here you are. :)

I'll take a look at this patch over the next couple of days -- thanks for submitting it!

Jon

> Overriding Caching Policies
> ---------------------------
>
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-1099
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1099
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Cache
>    Affects Versions: 4.1.1
>            Reporter: Bart Robeyns
>            Priority: Minor
>              Labels: cache, policy
>         Attachments: OpenPolicies.patch
>
>
> It is not possible to alter the behaviour of the CachingHttpClient because the policies
defining the behaviour are private and tied directly to specific implementations in the CachingHttpClients
constructor. Furthermore, these policies are package private, discouraging reuse and/or extensions.
> Making this possible is easy enough (provide some policy-setters or -constructor-args
in CachingHttpClient and make the policy-classes public); the attached patch allows custom
Policies, extending the default ones to be set on the CacheConfig class.
> The specific case that led to this question:
> A back-end application only sets its Content-Length header for responses below 8K. This
response does get stored in the cache, but when retrieving it from the cache, CacheValidityPolicy.contentLengthHeaderMatchesActualLength
checks the Content-Length header with the stored size (to verify whether the cached content
is complete). This check fails, causing the cache entry to be deemed unusable. If we were
able to provide our own subclassed CacheValidityPolicy, it would be easy to skip the check
if the header is missing and thus accomodate this specific back-end quirk.

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