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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Handling idle timeout disconnect
Date Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:07:11 GMT
Further to the recent email about unexpected behaviour in JMeter when
staleCheck was disabled, the cause has been determined.

The problem was caused by a server operating an idle timeout policy,
but failing to send a Keep-Alive header with the timeout information.

Thus the HC code did not know that the connection would timeout, and
tried to re-use it.
This resulted in an immediate disconnect.
Since JMeter does not retry by default, this caused the sample to fail.

I'm wondering whether this scenario should be handled automatically by HC.
It could in theory happen even with servers that send the Keep-Alive
header if the server and client ideas of elapsed time are not very

The idea would be to retry the request IFF the connect immediately
fails - i.e. before any data has been sent.

This could not cause a problem with non-idempotent requests, as the
request would not actually have been sent.

Does that sound reasonable, or is it something the app developer needs
to implement in a retry handler?

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