C# – ASP.NET HttpModule – guaranteed execution of pre- and post- handler code


Basically, I'm trying to write the following (pseudocode) in an ASP.NET HttpModule:

try { handler.ProcessRequest(...) }
catch (Exception) { *error-code* }
finally { *post-code* }

I've found that I can hook into HttpModule.PreExecuteHandler for "pre-code" and .Error for "error-code". But PostExecuteHandler doesn't seem to be running reliably.

BeginRequest and EndRequest run reliably but are too early for the code I need to write, which requires inspection of the handler that was chosen to execute. The handler isn't chosen until after BeginRequest.

Is there a best practice for writing this kind of wrapper?


Best Solution

There is no way to do what you want (in a HttpModule, at least), other than to not call Response.End. This article explains it pretty well and offers an alternative to Response.End in case it is a side-effect of your having called Server.Transfer.

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