java – "Illegal State Exception: Already Connected" when using HttpURLConnection-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I get an illegal state exception when i set DoOutput to true.

public boolean sendLinksToMaster(String ipport, List<String> links){

        boolean sent = false;
        String[] tokens = ipport.split(":");    
        String data = edu.cis555.searchengine.utils.Utils.generateLinks(links);
        HttpURLConnection conn=null;
        try{
            String encodedData = URLEncoder.encode(data, "UTF-8");
        try{

                String ip =tokens[0];
                String port = tokens[1];
                String path = edu.cis555.searchengine.utils.Constants.URL_ADD_LINK;
                System.setProperty("http.keepAlive", "false");
                URL u = new URL("http", ip, Integer.parseInt(port),"/"+path);

                conn = (HttpURLConnection)u.openConnection();
                //ERROR IN THIS LINE
                conn.setDoOutput(true);
                conn.setRequestMethod("POST");
                OutputStream stream = conn.getOutputStream();
                stream.write(encodedData.getBytes());
                stream.close();

                if(conn.getResponseCode() == HttpURLConnection.HTTP_OK)
                    sent=true;

            //  LOG.debug(conn.getResponseCode());
                conn.disconnect();
            }catch(MalformedURLException mfe){
                LOG.debug(mfe.getMessage());
                if(conn!=null){
                    conn.disconnect();
                }
            }catch(IOException ioe){
                LOG.debug(ioe.getMessage());
                if(conn!=null){
                    conn.disconnect();
                }
            }

        }catch(Exception e){
            LOG.debug(e.getMessage());
            if(conn!=null){
                conn.disconnect();
            }
        }
        return sent;

    }

The stack trace displayed for the same is:

java.lang.IllegalStateException: Already connected
at java.net.URLConnection.setDoOutput(Unknown Source)
at edu.upenn.cis455.xpathengine.utils.pool.ThreadPool.sendLinksToMaster(ThreadPool.java:357)
at edu.upenn.cis455.xpathengine.utils.pool.ThreadPool$Worker.processAndAddToQueue(ThreadPool.java:314)
at edu.upenn.cis455.xpathengine.utils.pool.ThreadPool$Worker.run(ThreadPool.java:269)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)

I don’t see anything I am doing wrong with sending the request. Could anyone point out what is missing or what am I doing wrong

How to solve:

I got the same problem and solved it. In my case, it was caused because I had a forgotten watch for connection.getResponseCode() in my debugging interface in NetBeans. Hope it might help others making the same mistake.

If you have any watch relative to the response value of the request, such as getResponseCode(), getResponseMessage(), getInputStream() or even just connect(), you will get this error in debugging mode.

All of the previous methods implicitly call connect() and fire the request. So when you reach setDoOutput, the connection is already made.

Answer:

Apart from the watches as mentioned in the previous comment, it might also occur if there is something wrong with the connection. For example:

I was setting a property:post.setRequestProperty("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", "<>") after writing into OutPut Stream like post.getOutputStream().write(jsonBody.getBytes("UTF-8"));

It was like:

post.getOutputStream().write(jsonBody.getBytes("UTF-8"))
post.setRequestProperty("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", "<>")

In this case, I was also getting “Already Connected”. To fix it I made it like:

post.setRequestProperty("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", "<>")
post.getOutputStream().write(jsonBody.getBytes("UTF-8"))

Answer:

sometimes it is as easy as make sure you do not have http in stead of https.

Answer:

put the stream.close();
in finally block

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