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From "Andrew Chapman" <andrew.chap...@clicktools.com>
Subject Multiple HTTP GET from MS Word/Excel hyperlink
Date Thu, 26 Jan 2006 17:04:14 GMT
Whilst investigating a strange bug some of our customers were experiencing
using links in Excel to our web application I discovered that the root of it
was this strange behaviour in Excel.

After monitoring the http requests I discovered that clicking a hyperlink in
Excel creates the following multiple HTTP GET requests:

--------------

GET /test.jsp HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Host: localhost:8088
Connection: Keep-Alive
Cookie: JSESSIONID=04E1A0B6BD7532F746F2BFCAE167422F

GET /test.jsp HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Language: en-gb
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Host: localhost:8088
Connection: Keep-Alive 

--------------

Notice the lack of JSESSIONID on the second request, this basically results
in a new session being created and the previous session (and data) being
lost.
 
I have searched in vain for any information on this. Have any of you
knowledgable web veterans seen this before or do you know of any fix,
workaround or Tomcat related fix?

Thanks in advance

Andy Chapman




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