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AnnotationMetadataReadingVisitor.getMetaAnnotationTypes(String) may return null but it is not marked @Nullable [SPR-17046] #21584

spring-projects-issues opened this issue Jul 16, 2018 · 1 comment
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@spring-projects-issues spring-projects-issues commented Jul 16, 2018

Andy Wilkinson opened SPR-17046 and commented

I've noticed that AnnotationMetadataReadingVisitor.getMetaAnnotationTypes(String) will return null rather than the documented empty Set in two scenarios:

  1. getMetaAnnotationTypes is called with the name of an annotation that is not present
  2. getMetaAnnotationTypes is called with the name of an annotation that is present but that is not on the classpath

I've attached a small sample that hopefully illustrates both. It tests with Framework 5.1 snapshots but I believe that 5.0 is also affected and perhaps 4.3.x too.

Affects: 5.0.7


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  • #21881 AnnotationMetadata.getAnnotationAttributes inconsistency for empty array in ASM implementation
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@spring-projects-issues spring-projects-issues commented Jul 16, 2018

Juergen Hoeller commented

Indeed, getMetaAnnotationTypes is not meant to ever return null... StandardAnnotationMetadata adheres to that, so AnnotationMetadataReadingVisitor simply returns an empty Set in those cases as well now.

I'll backport this to 5.0.8 but intend to leave 4.3.x as-is unless there is an immediate issue with it.

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