Wildfly – Broken pipe (Write failed)

We at Imixs are running JBoss/Wildfly as an application server for our Web or Rest Services. Today I stumbled into a problem when I tried to post large data via a Jax-rs POST request. The exception I saw on the server log was at first not very meaning full:

imixsarchiveservice_1  | 18:50:21,531 INFO  [org.apache.http.impl.execchain.RetryExec] (EJB default - 2) I/O exception (java.net.SocketException) caught when processing request to {}->http://imixsofficeworkflow:8080: Broken pipe (Write failed)
imixsarchiveservice_1 | 18:50:21,531 INFO [org.apache.http.impl.execchain.RetryExec] (EJB default - 2) Retrying request to {}->http://imixsofficeworkflow:8080
imixsarchiveservice_1 | 18:50:21,537 INFO [org.apache.http.impl.execchain.RetryExec] (EJB default - 2) I/O exception (java.net.SocketException) caught when processing request to {}->http://imixsofficeworkflow:8080: Broken pipe (Write failed)
imixsarchiveservice_1 | 18:50:21,537 INFO [org.apache.http.impl.execchain.RetryExec] (EJB default - 2) Retrying request to {}->http://imixsofficeworkflow:8080
imixsarchiveservice_1 | 18:50:21,545 INFO [org.apache.http.impl.execchain.RetryExec] (EJB default - 2) I/O exception (java.net.SocketException) caught when processing request to {}->http://imixsofficeworkflow:8080: Broken pipe (Write failed)
imixsarchiveservice_1 | 18:50:21,545 INFO [org.apache.http.impl.execchain.RetryExec] (EJB default - 2) Retrying request to {}->http://imixsofficeworkflow:8080

My corresponding jax-rs implementation was quite simple:

@POST
@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_XML)
@Consumes({ MediaType.APPLICATION_XML, MediaType.TEXT_XML })
public Response postSnapshot(XMLDocument xmlworkitem) {
    try {
        ...
    } catch (Exception e) {
        e.printStackTrace();
        return Response.status(Response.Status.NOT_ACCEPTABLE).build();
    }
}

The data object ‘xmlworkitem’ in my case is a XML Stream containing more than 24mb of data.

The Problem

After some research I found that the reason for my problem was the default http server configured in Wildfly standalone.xml. The default configuration looks like this:

<server name=”default-server”>
<http-listener name=”default” socket-binding=”http” redirect-socket=”https” enable-http2=”true”/>
…..
</server>

What you can’t see is that there is a a default max-post-size of 25485760 (25mb). But of course you can overwrite this setting by adding the attribute max-post-size with a maximum of e.g. 100mb:

<server name=”default-server”>
<http-listener name=”default” max-post-size=”104857600″ socket-binding=”http” redirect-socket=”https” enable-http2=”true”/>
…..
</server>

Now my Rest Interface works as expected and accepts also large amount of Data.

Note: I do not use the Wildfly CLI tool to configure the server because I run my server as a docker container with a pre configured standalone.xml file. But you can see the solution also in the Wilfly Forum.

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