RFR [11] (JAXP): 6857903: SAXException.initCause() does not correctly set Exception

Aleks Efimov aleksej.efimov at oracle.com
Mon Feb 5 16:51:30 UTC 2018

Hi Roger, Jason,

I've tried to avoid doing the same stuff as I did for XPathException to 
minimize the changes to the SAXException class. But I was naive to think so:
Tried to keep the exception field in place to avoid modifications 
required to keep serial form intact (similar as it was done in 
JDK-8009581 bug mentioned by Jason), but I missed the 'initCause' method 
(spotted by Roger, thank you!) that can make cause/exception values 
inconsistent. To avoid the API modification and for the sake of clarity 
I proceeded with removal of the 'exception' field. The new version of 
the fix:
- Removes 'exception' field
- Maintains the serial form of the SAXException class
- Handles the difference in SAXException:exception and Throwable:cause 
types 'SAXException::getException', i.e. SAXException:exception is 
Exception typed and Throwable:cause is Throwable typed.
- Avoids any changes to API and serial form of the class, but 
maintaining it similar to JDK-8009581)
- There is a copy of SAXException class in java.base module that is 
required for j.u.Properties::loadFromXML, it has been update with the 
same changes.

New regression test has been added to test:
- Serial compatibility with legacy JDKs (similar to JDK-8009581)
- usages of SAXException::initCause/getException

Webrev with the fix and new regression:

Testing shows no JCK/regression tests failures with the proposed fix.

Best Regards,

On 12/21/2017 07:00 PM, Jason Mehrens wrote:
> Aleksei,
> You have to override all of the constructors to always disable initCause.  Actually a similar issue was covered in:
> http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2013-May/016908.html
> http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2013-June/017594.html
> Pretty much everything was hashed out in those threads.
> Here is the final webrev for that:
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~dmeetry/8009581/webrev.5/jaxp/src/javax/xml/xpath/XPathException.java.udiff.html
> That should be a good cookbook for changes and tests required for this issue.  Note that it gets rid of the Exception field and maintains serial compatibility.
> Looking back on that change, I would have changed it so the InvalidClassException added the double cause as suppressed exceptions.
> Jason
> ________________________________________
> From: core-libs-dev <core-libs-dev-bounces at openjdk.java.net> on behalf of Aleks Efimov <aleksej.efimov at oracle.com>
> Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:27 AM
> To: core-libs-dev
> Subject: RFR [11] (JAXP): 6857903: SAXException.initCause() does not correctly set Exception
> Hello,
> Please, help to review the fix for jaxp bug that fixes SAXException to
> correctly set exception cause with 'setCause' method:
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~aefimov/6857903/dev/00/
> I've tried to keep the fix miminal with respect to serial form of this
> API class, i.e. kept private 'exception' field.
> The new test case was added to IssueTracker56Test unit test. Testing
> showed no related JCK/JTREG failures.
> With Best Regards,
> Aleksei

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