The "MissingSessionUserException: No 'user' header in the message" error typically occurs in Spring WebSocket applications when the server expects a specific header, such as "user," to be present in the STOMP (Simple Text Oriented Messaging Protocol) message, but it's missing.

This exception is thrown to indicate that the WebSocket session does not have the required "user" header, which might be used to identify the user associated with the WebSocket connection. The header could be utilized for authentication, authorization, or other purposes within the application.

To resolve this issue, you'll need to ensure that the client sending the STOMP messages includes the "user" header with the appropriate value when establishing the WebSocket connection. The specific implementation steps can vary depending on the technology stack you are using, but here are some general pointers:

  1. Client-Side (SocksJS / Stomp): Double-check your client-side code that initializes the WebSocket connection. Make sure that you set the "user" header before connecting to the WebSocket server. In SockJS, you can pass headers using the connect function as follows:

    const headers = { user: 'your_username_here', // other headers if required }; const socket = new SockJS('your_websocket_endpoint'); const stompClient = Stomp.over(socket); stompClient.connect(headers, /* other connect callback parameters */);
  2. Server-Side (Spring WebSocket): On the server-side, you need to configure Spring WebSocket to look for the "user" header during the WebSocket handshake and message processing. This configuration typically involves the use of interceptors or handlers. Here's an example of how you can do this:

    import org.springframework.messaging.Message; import org.springframework.messaging.MessageChannel; import org.springframework.messaging.simp.SimpMessageHeaderAccessor; import; public class UserHeaderInterceptor extends ChannelInterceptorAdapter { @Override public Message<?> preSend(Message<?> message, MessageChannel channel) { SimpMessageHeaderAccessor accessor = SimpMessageHeaderAccessor.wrap(message); String user = accessor.getFirstNativeHeader("user"); if (user == null) { throw new MissingSessionUserException("No 'user' header in the message"); } return message; } }

    Configure this interceptor to be applied to incoming WebSocket messages in your Spring WebSocket configuration:

    import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration; import org.springframework.messaging.simp.config.MessageBrokerRegistry; import org.springframework.web.socket.config.annotation.AbstractWebSocketMessageBrokerConfigurer; import org.springframework.web.socket.config.annotation.EnableWebSocketMessageBroker; import org.springframework.web.socket.config.annotation.StompEndpointRegistry; @Configuration @EnableWebSocketMessageBroker public class WebSocketConfig extends AbstractWebSocketMessageBrokerConfigurer { // ... other configurations ... @Override public void configureClientInboundChannel(ChannelRegistration registration) { registration.interceptors(new UserHeaderInterceptor()); } }

Make sure to adjust the code according to your specific application and requirements. The main idea is to ensure that the "user" header is included in the WebSocket message from the client and handled appropriately on the server-side to avoid the "MissingSessionUserException."

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