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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: Propagating extra context information in remote EJB calls
Date Fri, 06 Nov 2009 20:17:37 GMT
On Oct 29, 2009, at 1:16 AM, Jack Cai wrote:

> I want to propagate some context information in remote EJB calls, and
> hopefully this can be done transparently, i.e., does not require  
> code change
> to existing applications. Is this possible?
> I understand transaction and security context are already being  
> propagated
> as part of an EJB container impl. Can I just inject the extra data  
> into the
> security context for example to do the trick?
> Appreciate some insight in this area!

The idea that comes to mind is modifying the HttpConnectionFactory to  
in some way set headers into the HttpURLConnection.  In the 3.1.x  
codebase it's actually possible to replace the HttpConnectionFactory  
on an existing client:

On the server side if there was a Servlet like this:

   import org.apache.openejb.loader.SystemInstance;
   import org.apache.openejb.server.ServiceException;
   import org.apache.openejb.server.ejbd.EjbServer;

   import javax.servlet.ServletConfig;
   import javax.servlet.ServletException;
   import javax.servlet.ServletInputStream;
   import javax.servlet.ServletOutputStream;
   import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
   import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
   import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

   public class ServerServlet extends HttpServlet {
       private EjbServer ejbServer;

       public void init(ServletConfig config) {
           ejbServer =  

       protected void service(HttpServletRequest request,  
HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
           ServletInputStream in = request.getInputStream();
           ServletOutputStream out = response.getOutputStream();
           try {
               ejbServer.service(in, out);
           } catch (ServiceException e) {
               throw new ServletException("ServerService error: " +  
ejbServer.getClass().getName() + " -- " + e.getMessage(), e);

You could get the headers and put them on a ThreadLocal or something.

If the state is going to be the same on a per connection basis, then  
we can maybe make some standard way to put the headers in the  
connection URI and pull them out of that "params" map we create.

We'd need some more creativity to make it really nice and easy for  
people.  But this is a rough approach to get the ideas started.


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