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[java] MissingSerialVersionUID false-positive on interfaces #1350

lgoldstein opened this Issue Sep 17, 2018 · 2 comments


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lgoldstein commented Sep 17, 2018

Affects PMD Version:





I have an interface that extends Serializable - PMD complains that the interface is missing the required serialVersionUID. Obviously, only classes are required to have it.

Code Sample demonstrating the issue:

public interface IDomainObject<ID extends Serializable & Comparable<? super ID>> extends MutablePrimaryIdentifier<ID>, Serializable {

Running PMD through: [Maven]

[INFO] --- maven-pmd-plugin:3.9.0:check (pmd-checker) @ cb4-commons-core-persistence ---
[INFO] PMD Failure: com.cb4.commons.persistence.IDomainObject:17 Rule:MissingSerialVersionUID Priority:3 Classes implementing Serializable should set a serialVersionUID.

Apache Maven 3.5.4 (1edded0938998edf8bf061f1ceb3cfdeccf443fe; 2018-06-17T21:33:14+03:00)
Maven home: /home/lyor/Software/apache-maven-3.5.4
Java version: 1.8.0_181, vendor: Oracle Corporation, runtime: /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-
Default locale: en_US, platform encoding: UTF-8
OS name: "linux", version: "4.17.19-100.fc27.x86_64", arch: "amd64", family: "unix"

@adangel adangel changed the title from [java] MissingSerialVersionUID rule is "mis-firing" on interfaces to [java] MissingSerialVersionUID false-positive on interfaces Sep 17, 2018

@adangel adangel added this to the 6.8.0 milestone Sep 17, 2018

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@adangel adangel added the has:pr label Sep 17, 2018


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lgoldstein commented Sep 17, 2018

Fast fix ... 👍 However, while looking at the commit I noticed the following definition in errorprone.xml

[@Abstract = 'false']

If it is related to the MissingSerialVersionUID rule, then the rule should apply to abstract classes but not interfaces. I.e., if an abstract class implements Serializable then it must also have a serialVersionUID value = not just concrete classes.


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adangel commented Sep 17, 2018

Good catch! I found this related stackoverflow question:

For some reason, we have an explicit unit test, that test's against abstract classes and expects no violation:

abstract case
public abstract class Foo implements Serializable {

Unfortunately without any further comment, why we ignore the abstract classes.

I'll create a new issue for this false-negative.

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