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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Defining preferences using properties
Date Thu, 14 Sep 2006 17:09:44 GMT
On 14/09/06, Oleg Kalnichevski <olegk@apache.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-09-14 at 14:15 +0100, sebb wrote:
> > Just wondering if there are any plans to allow default preferences to
> > be picked up from java properties?
> >
> > So for example, one could define
> >
> > http.protocol.element-charset=ISO-8859-1
> >
> > and have that automatically added as the default preference.
> >
> > An application can of course do this itself, by scanning the system
> > properties looking for any with the appropriate prefix, or it could
> > process an httpclient.properties file.
> >
> > But it might be useful to be able to change the preferences without
> > needing to write any application code. For example, for embedded
> > applications.
> >
> > We're probably going to have to do this anyway for JMeter; of course
> > the code could be added to HttpClient if it was thought useful (e.g.
> > we could provide patches).
> >
> Hi Sebastian,
> This issue has been discussed a while ago and the decision has been made
> that HttpClient may not use (1) system properties and (2) configuration
> files of any sort.
> There is, however, a mechanism allowing for an easy customization of the
> way HttpClient gets initialized with default parameters: just provide a
> custom implementation of the HttpParamsFactory interface and plug it
> into the DefaultHttpParams.

Yes, I'd seen that, but as far as I can tell it's easier just to
update the defaults directly.

> > So: is there any interest in making this part of HttpClient?
> >
> > And how best to add it?
> > - scan for prefixed properties
> > - read props from httpclient-specific property file
> > - update code to check system property as last resort.
> >
> This sounds reasonable. There's a catch, though. A simple properties
> file may not be good enough, because some of the HTTP parameters are
> typed. So, you will have to devise a mechanism to discover the expected
> type for HTTP parameters.

There could be an additional "_type" property for values that aren't
Strings. e.g.


Some conversions might be trickier than others...

> Please let me know if there is anything I could be of help with to the
> JMeter project.


By the way, the reason this came up was someone reported that a Cookie
was being changed by HttpClient, and not by the default Java http

Setting http.protocol.element-charset=ISO-8859-1 fixed the problem in
my testing; but of course I had to update the JMeter code to do this
(or I could have used BeanShell as I realised afterwards...)


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