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Calling WCF Service from Java -- Connection reset exceptions

Posted on 2013-01-31
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Hello All,

A Java application is calling my WCF service.  Once in a while they get the follow exception:


Connection reset; nested exception is java.net.SocketException: Connection resetorg.springframework.ws.client.WebServiceIOException: I/O error: Connection reset; nested exception is java.net.SocketException: Connection reset
      at org.springframework.ws.client.core.WebServiceTemplate.sendAndReceive(WebServiceTemplate.java:543)
      at org.springframework.ws.client.core.WebServiceTemplate.marshalSendAndReceive(WebServiceTemplate.java:384)
      at org.springframework.ws.client.core.WebServiceTemplate.marshalSendAndReceive(WebServiceTemplate.java:378)




This is the Java code being used to call the WCF Service:




public <T> T sendAndReceive(String uriString,
                                 WebServiceMessageCallback requestCallback,
                                 WebServiceMessageExtractor<T> responseExtractor) {
        Assert.notNull(responseExtractor, "'responseExtractor' must not be null");
        Assert.hasLength(uriString, "'uri' must not be empty");
        TransportContext previousTransportContext = TransportContextHolder.getTransportContext();
        WebServiceConnection connection = null;
        try {
            connection = createConnection(URI.create(uriString));
            TransportContextHolder.setTransportContext(new DefaultTransportContext(connection));
            MessageContext messageContext = new DefaultMessageContext(getMessageFactory());

            return doSendAndReceive(messageContext, connection, requestCallback, responseExtractor);
        }
        catch (TransportException ex) {
            throw new WebServiceTransportException("Could not use transport: " + ex.getMessage(), ex);
        }
        catch (IOException ex) {
            throw new WebServiceIOException("I/O error: " + ex.getMessage(), ex);
        }
        finally {
            TransportUtils.closeConnection(connection);
            TransportContextHolder.setTransportContext(previousTransportContext);
}


Any ideas?
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by:dpearson
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A connection reset exception generally just means the connection has been closed.

If this call is being placed over the internet this may simply be a network connection failure - somebody dropped the data along the chain between your servers.

However if the call is over a LAN you can probably assume the connection is reliable, in which case you should look for an error that's causing the communication to not complete - e.g. an exception being thrown part way through the message sending, which then prematurely causes the client to close the connection (or socket).

Doug
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by:smokinmark
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Would you be willing to look at my web.config file for the WCF service?
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by:dpearson
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Sorry - I'm not familiar with WCFs.  I've just seen those exceptions a thousand times in writing network services that operate over the web.

Doug
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by:smokinmark
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I'm beginning to wonder if this is an IIS thing.

I have traced this further in the Windows Event Logs.  

"A process serving application pool 'XXX' suffered a fatal communication error with the Windows Process Activation Service. The process id was '1234'. The data field contains the error number."
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Turns out this was a Red Herring.  Problem is elsewhere.  Will make a separate post.  Thanks a million.
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As posted by me.
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