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From Charles Fran├žois Rey <charlesfr....@gmail.com>
Subject HttpEntity.writeTo vs. EntityUtils.toByteArray
Date Mon, 26 Oct 2009 16:01:39 GMT

I receive gzip-compressed content from a server, and I handle it as  
suggested in the ClientGZipContentCompression.java example, i.e. via  
request and response interceptors. This is all working fine.

But when using HttpEntity.writeTo(OutputStream) to do something with  
the content, what I have is the *compressed content* (e.g. length of  
the byte array behind my ByteArrayOutputStream: 12'753), whereas  
EntityUtils.toByteArray(HttpEntity) gives me the *uncompressed  
content* (length=160'991), correctly processed through the  
GzipDecompressingEntity/HttpEntityWrapper (cf  

In both cases the HttpResponseInterceptor that wraps the entity inside  
the GzipDecompressingEntity of the example obviously does its job, it  
just seems that HttpEntity.writeTo doesn't use the wrapper's  
getContent() but somehow EntityUtils.toByteArray does.

Is it supposed to be that way ? I was surprised, from an API point of  
view, that both methods did not (indirectly) yield the same result. Am  
I missing a point somewhere ?

You can test the difference by using either one of these 2 snippets of  
code inside ClientGZipContentCompression.java (http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/httpcomponents/httpclient/trunk/httpclient/src/examples/org/apache/http/examples/client/ClientGZipContentCompression.java


byte[] a1 = EntityUtils.toByteArray(entity);
System.out.println("a1.length=" + a1.length);

or 2):
ByteArrayOutputStream os = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
byte[] a2 = os.toByteArray();
System.out.println("a2.length=" + a2.length);

Thanks in advance for your comments!

(My versions of HttpClient and HttpCore are 4.0 and 4.0.1 respectively.)

Charles Fran├žois Rey
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