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JSONPath validator doesn't return array length correctly #277

gucce opened this Issue Aug 2, 2017 · 0 comments


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gucce commented Aug 2, 2017


See Stackoverflow question

When using the Hamcrest Matcher @assertThat(hasSize(x))@ in combination with a JSONPath expression which matches several nodes whose contents are identical, the length is always 1.


  "test_array": [
      "key_with_identical_values": "identical_value",
      "key_with_unique_values": "unique_value"
      "key_with_identical_values": "identical_value",
      "key_with_unique_values": "different_unique_value"

Given the validation as follows:

<receive endpoint="testServer">
  <message type="json">
      <json-path expression="$..key_with_unique_values" value="@assertThat(hasSize(2))@"/>
      <json-path expression="$..key_with_identical_values" value="@assertThat(hasSize(2))@"/>

Even though the JSONPath array for both expressions is of size 2 (["unique_value", "different_unique_value"] and ["identical_value", "identical_value"]), the validation will fail for the expression $..key_with_identical_values with the message:

Expected: a collection with size <2>
     but: collection size was <1>


The reason for this behavior is the following code fragment:

return StringUtils.commaDelimitedListToSet(arrayString);

which constructs a Set (not a List), which ignores duplicate entries.

There is a method StringUtils.commaDelimitedListToStringArray which would not ignore the duplicate entries. We need to investigate why this is not used and what side-effects it would have if we used it.

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

@gucce gucce self-assigned this Aug 4, 2017

@gucce gucce added this to the v2.7.3 milestone Aug 4, 2017

gucce added a commit that referenced this issue Aug 4, 2017

Fixes #277 JSONPath validator array length
- Use List instead of Set to not ignore duplicate entries
- Add unit and integration tests for this scenario

christophd added a commit that referenced this issue Aug 10, 2017

@christophd christophd removed the IN PROGRESS label Aug 10, 2017

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