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InitializationException eats exception of constructor called by @XStreamConverter #37

ge0ffrey opened this issue Jan 21, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented Jan 21, 2016

We have code like this (in

public class CloudBalance {

    @XStreamConverter(value = XStreamScoreConverter.class, types = {HardSoftScoreDefinition.class})
    private HardSoftScore score;


public class XStreamScoreConverter {

    public XStreamScoreConverter(Class scoreClass, Class scoreDefinitionClass) {
        if (scoreDefinitionClass.equals(HardSoftScoreDefinition.class)) { // true
            throw new IllegalStateException("Please don't eat me!!!");

And that throws this exception:

com.thoughtworks.xstream.InitializationException: Cannot instantiate converter ...XStreamScoreConverter for type ...HardSoftScore : Cannot construct ...XStreamScoreConverter : null

Notice that the IllegalStateException "Please don't eat me!!!" is actually eaten. Instead of being eaten, it should be wrapped as a cause:

Caused by: ...IllegalStateException Please don't eat me!!!
@joehni joehni added the bug label Feb 9, 2016
@joehni joehni added this to the 1.4.x milestone Feb 9, 2016
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commented Feb 9, 2016

Caused by JDK 1.3 compatibility code ;-)

joehni added a commit that referenced this issue Feb 9, 2016
InvocationTargetException. Closes #37.
@joehni joehni closed this in e2f0a64 Feb 9, 2016

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commented Feb 9, 2016

Thanks, xstream is great :)

@joehni joehni modified the milestones: 1.4.9, 1.4.x Mar 16, 2016
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