[jdom-interest] NullPointerException in Element.setAttribute(final String name, final String value, final Namespace ns)

gisella.saavedra at navis.com gisella.saavedra at navis.com
Fri Apr 6 14:48:45 PDT 2012


I believe you might be looking at the wrong method:

This is JDOM 1.0  (ns is passed as null)

   public Element setAttribute(String name, String value, Namespace ns) {
        return setAttribute(new Attribute(name, value, ns));

Inside this code, the constructor new Attribute(name, value, ns) calls:

public Attribute(String name, String value, Namespace namespace) {

Here setNamespace(namespace) calls:
public Attribute setNamespace(Namespace namespace) {
        if (namespace == null) {
            namespace = Namespace.NO_NAMESPACE;

        // Verify the attribute isn't trying to be in a default namespace
        // Attributes can't be in a default namespace
        if (namespace != Namespace.NO_NAMESPACE &&
            namespace.getPrefix().equals("")) {
            throw new IllegalNameException("", "attribute namespace",
                "An attribute namespace without a prefix can only be the " +
                "NO_NAMESPACE namespace");
        this.namespace = namespace;
        return this;

where namespace being null is set to NO_NAMESPACE.

Stack trace:

    at org.jdom.AttributeList.indexOf(AttributeList.java:378)
    at org.jdom.AttributeList.get(AttributeList.java:366)
    at org.jdom.Element.getAttribute(Element.java:1004)
    at org.jdom.Element.setAttribute(Element.java:1178)
    at com.navis.argo.business.snx.AbstractXmlExporter.setAttribute(AbstractXmlExporter.java:40)


-----Original Message-----
From: Rolf Lear [mailto:jdom at tuis.net] 
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 2:40 PM
To: Saavedra Gisella
Cc: jdom-interest at jdom.org
Subject: Re: [jdom-interest] NullPointerException in Element.setAttribute(final String name, final String value, final Namespace ns)

Hi Gisella.

I have looked through the JDOM 1.0 code. JDOM 1.0 was released in 
September 2004. Here's the code as it was at the time:

Here's the getAttribute method:

Here's the attributes.get(String,Namespace) method:

And that calls the indexOf(String,Namespace) method:

Which calls namespace.getURI().

The way I see it is that JDOM 1.0 would always throw a 
NullPointerException if you gave it a null Namespace.

I don't think it would have ever worked in JDOM 1.0...

Did you have your own custom build of JDOM 1.0?


On 06/04/2012 5:08 PM, Rolf Lear wrote:
> Hi Gisella.
> Is it possible to send us a stack trace, at least the parts including
> the org.jdom.* code.
> Thanks
> Rolf
> On 06/04/2012 1:43 PM, gisella.saavedra at navis.com wrote:
>> I just upgraded from jdom 1.0 to jdom 1.1.3
>> and I was setting an attribute where the namespace was NULL.
>> The old code was different, it was NOT calling get(...), so it was setting
>> the namespace to namespace.NO_NAMESPACE when the namespace was NULL,
>> before calling this get(...)
>> but the new code, when it calls getAttribute(name, ns) (first line of
>> method described)
>> is getting a null pointer on the namespace.
>> Probably the namespace needs to be set to NO_NAMESPACE before calling
>> get(..) when it is NULL.
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