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Implementing a Simple Http server within Java client

I have to implement BDB replication for backup purpose. We cant afford to miss any commits. we do checkpoint every 2 mins but loosing even 2 mins of data can be catastrophic, therefore we are going to use a simple Java client that will open BDB as a replica and Master will sync every change to this guy and only then it will commit.

Now the challenge was to verify the replication I wanted to print something from this replica or I wanted to stop this replica gracefully. Implementing a shutdown hook wasn't working because kill -9 wasn't calling it and I have to implement some other operations on this Java client. Instead of juggling around with commandline or some RPC I used a simple Http server from Java.
private void init() {
        InetSocketAddress addr = new InetSocketAddress(httpServerPort);
        httpServer = HttpServer.create(addr, 0);
        HttpContext context = httpServer.createContext("/", new AdminOpsHandler());
        context.getFilters().add(new HttpParameterFilter());
        httpServer.start();"Server is listening on http port " + httpServerPort);

    class AdminOpsHandler implements HttpHandler {
        public void handle(HttpExchange exchange) throws IOException {
            String requestMethod = exchange.getRequestMethod();
  "Processing http request");
            if (requestMethod.equalsIgnoreCase("GET")) {
                Map params = (Map) exchange.getAttribute("parameters");
                String command = (String) params.get("cmd");
                Headers responseHeaders = exchange.getResponseHeaders();
                exchange.sendResponseHeaders(200, 0);
                PrintWriter responseBody = new PrintWriter(exchange.getResponseBody());
                responseHeaders.set("Content-Type", "text/plain");
                if ("stop".equals(command)) {
                    responseBody.write("Triggering stop of client");
          "Triggering stop of client");
                    try {
                    } catch (ApplicationException e) {
                        throw new IOException(e);

                } else if ("print".equals(command)) {
                    String workgroupId = (String) params.get("wgid");
                    responseBody.write("Printing workgroupId" + workgroupId);

The challenge was to fetch request parameters from the HttpExchange and then this post from a fellow programmer came handy. Looks like I am becoming Google programmer ;).


  1. The main thread initializes the server and starts a number of worker threads that will handle client connections. The worker threads simply wait around idle until there's a client to service. The main thread then accepts connections from clients, passes off the connection for a worker thread to handle, and continues accepting new connections.


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