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JavaBeanConverter can't serialize null values when the property's default value is non-null #5

rkreis opened this issue May 7, 2015 · 4 comments


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commented May 7, 2015

As far as I can see, XStream has no way of representing null values (although often requested). While this is no problem for fields with a default value of null, or when the initialization is skipped, it makes JavaBeanConverter fail in simple cases like the following:
Test case where a bean can not be serialized and then deserialized correctly (TestBeanConverter.testNullValue fails while all other tests pass)

My current workaround is adding an is-null attribute to properties that are null . It would be nice to accomplish this without breaking XStream compatibility.


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commented May 7, 2015

What works is this:

    public static class ExplicitlyInitialized {
        private Integer i = new Integer(3);
        private String s = "test";

        public Integer getValue() {
            return this.i;

        public void setValue(Integer value) {
            this.i = value;

        public String getString() {
            return s;

        public void setString(String s) {
            this.s = s;

    public void testExplicitNullValue() {
        XStream xstream = new XStream();
            new JavaBeanConverter(xstream.getMapper()), XStream.PRIORITY_LOW);
        String input = ""
            + "<explicit>\n"
            + "  <value class=\"null\"/>\n"
            + "</explicit>";
        xstream.alias("explicit", ExplicitlyInitialized.class);

        ExplicitlyInitialized explicit = (ExplicitlyInitialized)xstream.fromXML(input);
        assertEquals("test", explicit.getString());

But this only demonstrated that it is already possible to deserialize a null value. As long as the JavaBeanConverter does omit tags for null values when marshalling, it is not of great help. Thanks for heads-up.


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commented May 8, 2015

That's already very helpful, as it enables me to keep my output compatible to plain XStream.

Should I modify JavaBeanConverter and open a PR?


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commented May 10, 2015

Yes, please, PR is welcome. We're still busy saving all our projects from Codehaus ...

@joehni joehni closed this in faa89f7 May 20, 2015
joehni added a commit that referenced this issue May 20, 2015
@joehni joehni added the bug label Jun 18, 2015
@joehni joehni added this to the 1.4.x milestone Jun 18, 2015
@joehni joehni modified the milestones: 1.4.x, 1.4.9 Mar 16, 2016

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commented Jun 7, 2018

nice thank y

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