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PlainTextValidator does not ignore whitespaces #248

gucce opened this Issue Jun 2, 2017 · 0 comments


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gucce commented Jun 2, 2017


Update: Actually, setting citrus.plaintext.validation.ignore.whitespace=true in doesn't even work. I debugged PlainTextValidator and its private field ignoreWhitespace is set to false, see code.

The documentation on plaintext validation states that

You can disable this default behavior and ignore whitespaces characters like new lines with following system property:

This is not true since the property exclusively ignores different line separators (LF vs CR LF) as implemented in #214. Other whitespace characters like tabs \t and space characters are still not ignored, see PlainTextValidator code:

private String normalizeWhitespace(String payload) {
    if (ignoreWhitespace) {
        return payload.replaceAll("\\r(\\n)?", "\n");

    return payload;


It is very tricky to get comparison ignoring whitespaces right. I suggest using the hamcrast matcher IsEqualIgnoringWhiteSpace.

Quick fix: Change documentation to emphasize that the feature only ignores different kinds of line separators and change the name to something like ignoreDifferentLineSeparators.

@gucce gucce added the Type: Bug label Jun 2, 2017

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