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From Greg Desmarais <>
Subject Re: HTTP Tunneling using Tomcat
Date Fri, 17 Mar 2000 20:58:14 GMT
take a look at keep alive settings - but i think it needs to be initiated 
by the client.

At 07:57 AM 3/17/2000, you wrote:
>       Does anyone here know of any way to create a constant
>socket connection through HTTP?  I had thought there might
>be a way through servlets.  It seemed all I had to do was get
>the ServletInputStream and ServletOutputStream and never
>close them.  I could then theoretically write to and read from
>the streams for as long as I wanted.
>       Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work and all of the
>documentation and books on servlets I've seen only concentrate
>on the request/response model for servlets.  I'm getting
>the idea that what I'm looking for may not be possible because
>of the way HTTP was designed, but I'm wondering if perhaps
>someone here had found a way to get around that.
>       We want to do this for three reasons:
>1.  We want the constant socket connection for speed purposes,
>and so that as new information comes to the server, it gets sent
>to the client right away.
>2.  We want the connection to run through our secure https server
>so that all communications are encrypted with SSL.  As an added
>bonus, this means that all of the encryption will be done with faster
>native code (the SSL server on the server, the browser code on
>the client).  We can't use Sun's encryption mechanisms, because
>they cause SecurityException's in untrusted applets.
>3.  Most importantly, it gets around any potential problems with
>        Any help you can give would be most appreciated.
>Gerard Monsen
>Integrated Litigation Solutions
>Oakland, CA
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