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The Phoenix Query Server is an HTTP server which expects very specific request data data. Sometimes, in the process of connecting different clients, the various configuration options of both client and server can create confusion about what data is actually being sent over the wire. This confusion leads to questions like "did my configuration property take effect" and "is my client operating as I expect".

Linux systems often have a number of tools available for analyzing network traffic on a node. We can use one of these tools, ngrep, to analyze the traffic flowing into the Phoenix Query Server.

From a host running the Phoenix Query Server, the following command would dump all traffic from any source to the Phoenix Query Server.

$ sudo ngrep -t -d any port 8765

The above command will listen to any incoming network traffic on the current host and filter out any traffic which is not to the port 8765 (the default port for the Phoenix Query Server). A specific network interface (e.g. eth0) can be provided instead of "any" to further filter traffic.

When connecting a client to the server, you should be able to see the actual HTTP requests and responses sent between client and server.

T 2017/04/05 12:49:07.041213 -> [AP]
  POST / HTTP/1.1..Content-Length: 137..Content-Type: application/octet-stream..Host: localhost:8765..Connection: Keep-Alive..User-Agent: Apache-HttpClient/4.5.2 (Java/1.8.0_45)..Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate.....?org.apache.calcite.avatica.proto.Requests$OpenConnectionRequest.F.$2ba8e796-1a29-4484-ac88-6075604152e6....password..none....user..none
T 2017/04/05 12:49:07.052011 -> [AP]
  HTTP/1.1 200 OK..Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:49:07 GMT..Content-Type: application/octet-stream;charset=utf-8..Content-Length: 91..Server: Jetty(9.2.z-SNAPSHOT).....Aorg.apache.calcite.avatica.proto.Responses$OpenConnectionResponse......hw10447.local:8765

The data above is in ProtocolBuffers which is not a fully-human readable format; however, "string" data is stored as-is which makes reading it a reasonable task.