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Accessing returned message of non-200 HTTP Response

Technote (FAQ)


How do I access the response message from my backend server when it returns a non-200 response message to my Multi-Protocol Gateway or Web Service Proxy service?


It is not possible to access the response message from an error rule. However, being able to retrieve the content of a message with a non-200 response code may be of value for the user.


One can access the response message from a backend server, when it returns a non-200 response, by enabling the "Process HTTP Errors" setting. This setting is located in the Advanced Proxy settings tab of a Web Service Proxy. Enabling the "Process Backend Errors" setting located in the Advanced tab of a Multi-Protocol Gateway is another option.

Enabling either of these settings will trigger a response rule instead of an error rule. This will cause the non-200 response message to be returned with response code 200.

If you want to return the full backend HTTP return code, you would need to have a response rule to set the following using a custom stylesheet (XSL):

<dp:set-http-response-header name="'x-dp-response-code'" value="'$rc'"/>

Where $rc could be something like:
<xsl:variable name="rc" select="dp:response-header('x-dp-response-code')"/>

Document information

More support for: IBM DataPower Gateways

Software version: 4.0.2, 5.0.0, 6.0.0, 6.0.1, 7.0.0

Operating system(s): Firmware

Reference #: 1635555

Modified date: 06 May 2013

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