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From David Mencarelli <david.mencare...@ezcgroup.net>
Subject Abort a PUT request when server sends an error
Date Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:02:20 GMT

I'm using httpclient-4 (more precisely 4.1.2) to send the content of a stream (a huge file
in this case) to my Tomcat's upload servlet using the following code:

HttpRequest httpRequest = new HttpPut(destination);
InputStreamEntity entity = new InputStreamEntity(inputStream, contentLength);

It worked fine. 

I later added an authentication mechanism to prevent unauthorized user to upload files. If
someone tries to upload without being authenticated the servlet directly responds with an
HttpServletResponse.SC_FORBIDDEN without even processing the request's InputStream.

The problem I am facing is that despite the fact that the request is rejected on the server
side, my client keeps sending the whole content of the InputStream resulting in a waste of
network resources.

Here is a sample trace of execution:
12:00:32,813 -> call to execute
12:00:32:936 -> server sends an SC_FORBIDDEN error
12:00:44:883 -> response handler execute (and I detect the SC_FORBIDDEN status)
Network activity shows that the whole content of the file has been sent on the line. 

I have tried several server sides trick like reading one byte of the input stream then closing
it but nothing worked.

Is there a way to tell the httpclient to stop streaming the content of the file when the response
is forbidden (or any other status different of 200) ?

Any insights will be appreciated.



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