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Java example source code file (CookiePathComparator.java)

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comparator, cookie, cookiepathcomparator, immutable, io, serializable, string, util

The CookiePathComparator.java example source code

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package org.apache.http.cookie;

import java.io.Serializable;
import java.util.Comparator;

import org.apache.http.annotation.Immutable;

 * This cookie comparator ensures that multiple cookies satisfying 
 * a common criteria are ordered in the <tt>Cookie header such
 * that those with more specific Path attributes precede those with
 * less specific.
 * <p>
 * This comparator assumes that Path attributes of two cookies 
 * path-match a commmon request-URI. Otherwise, the result of the
 * comparison is undefined.
 * </p>
 * @since 4.0
public class CookiePathComparator implements Serializable, Comparator<Cookie> {

    private static final long serialVersionUID = 7523645369616405818L;

    private String normalizePath(final Cookie cookie) {
        String path = cookie.getPath();
        if (path == null) {
            path = "/";
        if (!path.endsWith("/")) {
            path = path + '/';
        return path;
    public int compare(final Cookie c1, final Cookie c2) {
        String path1 = normalizePath(c1);
        String path2 = normalizePath(c2);
        if (path1.equals(path2)) {
            return 0;
        } else if (path1.startsWith(path2)) {
            return -1;
        } else if (path2.startsWith(path1)) {
            return 1;
        } else {
            // Does not really matter
            return 0;


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