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NPE when serializing type that references itself #54

cppexpert opened this Issue · 2 comments

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Perhaps I discovered a bug. I get Null Pointer Exception when I'm trying to get json of an object that has field of type of itself. Example is:

case class TestItem(subitems: Option[List[TestItem]])

object MyJsonProtocol extends DefaultJsonProtocol {
  implicit val testItemFormat: RootJsonFormat[TestItem] = jsonFormat(TestItem, "subitems")

import MyJsonProtocol._

object TestNPE {
  def main(args: Array[String]) {

    val subitems = List(TestItem(None))
    val item: TestItem = TestItem(Option(subitems))
    val jsonAst = item.toJson
    val json = jsonAst.prettyPrint

And call-stack is this

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
    at spray.json.PimpedAny.toJson(package.scala:40)
    at spray.json.CollectionFormats$$anon$1$$anonfun$write$1.apply(CollectionFormats.scala:26)
    at spray.json.CollectionFormats$$anon$1$$anonfun$write$1.apply(CollectionFormats.scala:26)
    at scala.collection.TraversableLike$$anonfun$map$1.apply(TraversableLike.scala:244)
    at scala.collection.TraversableLike$$anonfun$map$1.apply(TraversableLike.scala:244)
    at scala.collection.immutable.List.foreach(List.scala:309)
    at scala.collection.TraversableLike$
    at spray.json.CollectionFormats$$anon$1.write(CollectionFormats.scala:26)
    at spray.json.CollectionFormats$$anon$1.write(CollectionFormats.scala:25)
    at spray.json.PimpedAny.toJson(package.scala:40)
    at spray.json.StandardFormats$OptionFormat.write(StandardFormats.scala:34)
    at spray.json.StandardFormats$OptionFormat.write(StandardFormats.scala:32)
    at spray.json.ProductFormats$class.productElement2Field(ProductFormats.scala:473)
    at spray.json.MyJsonProtocol$.productElement2Field(TestNPE.scala:5)
    at spray.json.ProductFormats$$anon$1.write(ProductFormats.scala:32)
    at spray.json.ProductFormats$$anon$1.write(ProductFormats.scala:30)
    at spray.json.PimpedAny.toJson(package.scala:40)
    at spray.json.TestNPE$.main(TestNPE.scala:18)
    at spray.json.TestNPE.main(TestNPE.scala)

I tried to fix it myself but my knowledge of Scala is not strong enough yet. NPE happens here when it's attempting to convert inner TestItem. Function parameter write at that moment is null.

I don't know why it doesn't use my implicit instead.


Well, I should have been more attentive. I had to use lazyFormat wrapper.


Glad you sorted it out!

@sirthias sirthias closed this
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