About Cache-Control, Tomcat filters and browsers...

ENRIQUE <enrique.arizonbenito@gmail.com>
17 Apr 2007 08:36:35 -0700

 Since tomcat doesn't provide any hint about cache policies for
images, javascripts and other static files I created a filter for
those files that read like:

public class filterCacheControl implements Filter {
    public void doFilter(ServletRequest request, ServletResponse
response, FilterChain chain) throws IOException, ServletException {
        ((HttpServletResponse)response).addHeader("Expires", "Thu, 1 Jan
2099 23:59:59 GMT");
        ((HttpServletResponse)response).addHeader("Cache-Control", "max-
        ((HttpServletResponse)response).addHeader("Last-Modified", "Thu, 1
Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT");
        chain.doFilter(request, response);

The filter works as expected and add the Cache-Control to the HTTP

The problem is that the browser "neglects" it and tries to reload the
files once and once again. The network capture shows next HTTP

GET /src/event/common.js HTTP/1.1 <-- Browser request

Host: osiris:8080

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/
20070310 Iceweasel/ (Debian-

Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/

Accept-Language: es,en;q=0.7,en-us;q=0.3

Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate

Accept-Charset: UTF-8,*

Keep-Alive: 300

Connection: keep-alive

http://osiris:8080/Controller?formAction=showSearchStatsVoz&formNumeros=&formVerDescendientes=True&formNumeroManual=&formD_day=17&formD_month=04&formD_year 07&formH_day=17&formH_month=04&formH_year 07&formVerDetalles=true&formVerChart=true&formStep=2&formHora1=16&formHora2=18

Cookie: JSESSIONID=ED268E69F6A0993BB152ABDC7545A433

If-Modified-Since: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 09:50:44 GMT

If-None-Match: W/"28830-1176803444000"

Cache-Control: max-age=0

HTTP/1.1 304 Not Modified <-- Tomcat response

Expires: Thu, 1 Jan 2099 23:59:59 GMT

Cache-Control: max-age=600

Last-Modified: Thu, 1 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT

Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 15:30:14 GMT

Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1

a few seconds later:

GET /src/event/common.js HTTP/1.1 <-- Why????? The browser already
knew the common.js expires on 2099, the Cache-Control has a max-age of
600 seconds, and it wasn't modifyied since 1970.


 Thanks in advance for any help, hint or link!!!

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