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From "Villemos, Gert" <gert.ville...@logica.com>
Subject RE: Understanding cookie handling - registering cookies returned in a response
Date Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:28:00 GMT
Indeed. Changing the policy to BEST-MATCH, the cookies are now registered as expected.

Another problem; The return of the POST request is a 302 response with a new target. How do
I follow the redirect to the actual page? Do I have to do a GET myself? Reading the documentation
it seems as if redirects should be followed automatically, i.e. I would expect a GET to be
automatically executed after the POST.

As far as I can see, I do not change the redirect settings anywhere in my code.

-----Original Message-----
From: Oleg Kalnichevski [mailto:olegk@apache.org]
Sent: Wed 7/20/2011 4:03 PM
To: HttpClient User Discussion
Subject: Re: Understanding cookie handling - registering cookies returned in a response
On Wed, 2011-07-20 at 11:25 +0200, Villemos, Gert wrote:
> Well, I dont understand cookie handling. I have read the very detailed
> guide at
> http://hc.apache.org/httpcomponents-client-ga/tutorial/pdf/httpclient-tu
> torial.pdf and a lot of posts, but I still don't get it.
> In understand that you typically have a cookie store maintaining the
> session cookies, that you set on the client / context.
> What I don't get is this; 
> 1. What is the difference between setting the cookie store on the client
> and on the context?

Global cookie store is shared by all threads or execution / users, where
as cookie store set in the local context can be used by one thread /

> 2. When I have set a cookiestore (on client and context) and execute a
> post that returns a response with cookies (such as JSESSIONID), then I
> would expect those cookies to be registered automatically in the cookie
> store for usage in the next request... but they aint (store is empty,
> see below).

The cookie sent by the server violates the HTTP state management spec
and apparently gets rejected.

You can use context / wire logging to find out whether or not the
cookie(s) have been rejected. 

> 3. Do I need to register the cookies manually and how do I do this?

RFC_2965 policy is very strict. Use BEST-MATCH policy instead. It will
automatically pick up Netscape compatible cookie spec to handle cookies
containing legacy 'Expires' attribute.

Hope this helps


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