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From "John Flavin (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HTTPCORE-449) IdentityInputStream.available() erroneously returns 0
Date Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:42:45 GMT
John Flavin created HTTPCORE-449:

             Summary: IdentityInputStream.available() erroneously returns 0
                 Key: HTTPCORE-449
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCORE-449
             Project: HttpComponents HttpCore
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: HttpCore
    Affects Versions: 4.4.6, 4.4.5
            Reporter: John Flavin

I have an application that reads data from a stream. When data is available, I can read from
the stream perfectly fine. However, sometimes the stream will remain open with no data, in
which case reading from the stream blocks. I would like to use the {{available()}} method
on the stream to first check whether anything can be read before attempting to read.

When I attempt to use the {{available()}} method on my {{InputStream}} instance it returns
{{0}}, i.e. no data available, even when I can successfully call {{read(...)}} and read data
off the stream. 

I have traced the {{available()}} method on my {{InputStream}} instance through several layers
of wrapper classes around more {{InputStream}} instances. Each layer's {{available()}} method
simply calls into its wrapped {{InputStream}}'s {{available()}} method. That is, until I reach
the {{IdentityInputStream.available()}} method. The latter does this:
    public int available() throws IOException {
        if (this.in instanceof BufferInfo) {
            return ((BufferInfo) this.in).length();
        } else {
            return 0;

The {{in}} in the above code is a {{SessionInputBufferImpl}}, which has a few methods that
are seemingly relevant to this:
    public int capacity() {
        return this.buffer.length;

    public int length() {
        return this.bufferlen - this.bufferpos;

    public int available() {
        return capacity() - length();

Why does {{IdentityInputStream.available()}} call {{((BufferInfo) this.in).length()}} instead
of {{((BufferInfo) this.in).available()}}? The former returns {{0}} when I call it on a stream
that has data which can be read, but has not been; the latter returns a number greater than

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