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From Oleg Kalnichevski <ol...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Stale connection who is to blame ?
Date Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:40:19 GMT
On Tue, 2011-06-28 at 23:34 -0700, PocketA wrote:
> Hi All,
> In this program that I am writing I use a http client for sending secured
> requests to a remote server.
> I have no idea what implementation is on this server but I know from its
> logs that it recieves my requests.
> Problem is that once in a while I see in the httpclient log file that the
> socket is stale. On the server logs I see a request rejected (authentication
> failed as no user/password sent) but immediately sent again with the needed
> credentials and the request is processed succesfully. (In my code I do NOT
> send the request twice if an error occurs so I believe this is the mechanism
> of httpclient)
> My question is :
> Who is the one making the connection stale ? Is it the client or the server
> and how can I control it ?
> Thanks

You can blame green men from Mars, Karl Marx or the nature of the HTTP
protocol and limitations of the blocking I/O model depending on your
inclination. By the HTTP spec either the agent (HTTP client) or the
origin server (HTTP server) can close a persistent connection at any
point of time thus leaving it in a half-closed state. The problem is
that blocking sockets in java cannot react to the opposite endpoint's
connection shutdown until an i/o operation is made on that socket. For a
more detailed technical explanation please see [1]


[1] http://markmail.org/message/mvsvbmsy62kjjwvl

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