Tom Kidd Tom Kidd - 2 months ago 15
ASP.NET (C#) Question

How can I tell when HTTP Headers have been sent in an ASP.NET application?

Long story short, I have an ASP.NET application I'm trying to debug and at some point, in very particular circumstances, the application will throw exceptions at a

Response.Redirect()
stating:

"Cannot redirect after HTTP headers have been sent."


Which I more or less get, except that I cannot figure out where the headers were sent.

Is there something to look for in an ASP.NET application that will indicate that the HTTP headers have been sent?

BONUS DIFFICULTY: The ASP.NET app is still in .NET 1.1. The circumstances regarding the delay behind the upgrade are a really sore subject.

Answer

HttpApplication has an event PreSendRequestHeaders which is called just when headers are writtne. Subscribe to this and log it or add a breakpoint.

Beyond that, HttpResponse has a internal property called HeadersWritten (_headersWritten field in .NET 1.1). Since it's internal you can't access it directly, but you can through reflection. If this is only for internal debugging (i.e., not production code), then it's be fine to use reflection.

Check this method before/after all the page lifecylce events. Once you know which event is writing out the headers, add more HeadersWritten checks to find out where they're getting written. Through progressive narrowing of checks to this property, you'll find it.