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From "toby cabot (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AXIS-1772) CLONE -MessageElement is not (Java) serializable
Date Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:41:17 GMT
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toby cabot commented on AXIS-1772:

Hi dims, thanks for the response.

The problem is still in the latest CVS.  The problem is that the classes that get generated
by wsdl2java claim to be serializable but they sometimes aren't.  Most of the time they are,
but if have a schema using the "any" feature and add an element in the place where the "any"
feature allows, the object in the generated class's _any field will not serialize.  I found
a few problems:

src/org/apache/axis/description/ isn't declared serializable, and it has
a field called skelMethod that's a java.lang.reflect.Method (which isn't serializable).

src/org/apache/axis/description/ is declared Serializable but has a skelMethod

I tried an experiment where I tried to work around those problems by declaring the fields
transient, but it appears that there are other fields that are non-serializable.  Since I'm
not up on that code I don't want to monkey around with it.

Unfortunately, it's hard to come up with a really simple test case since it's a somewhat complex
problem.  I've built a small webapp that demonstrates the problem.  It's too big to attach
to this report but you can download it from
.  Unpack the jar and run "ant" and it will build test.war in the build directory.  I tested
it with tomcat.  When you start tomcat open a web browser and go to http://localhost:8080/test/
and you should get a form with two different XML fragments.  One contains the XML that Axis
would send over the wire if you used the client-side classes.  It works fine.  The other has
an extra element where the schema allows it.  This request will cause the server-side stub
to throw when it tries to serialize the wsdl2java-generated class.

HTH, please let me know if you bump into any problems getting the test case to work.

> CLONE -MessageElement is not (Java) serializable
> ------------------------------------------------
>          Key: AXIS-1772
>          URL:
>      Project: Axis
>         Type: Bug
>   Components: Serialization/Deserialization
>     Versions: 1.1
>     Reporter: toby cabot
>  Attachments: 1772-testcase.jar
> a part of the request/response xml schema of our web service uses an <xsd:any>
element to transport arbitrary xml content.
> using wsdl2java to generate the java beans, the <xsd:any> content is represented
using an array of MessageElement objects, available via the get_any() method.
> when trying to pass around the generated java beans using native java serialization (e.g.,
in a remote ejb call) a NotSerializableException occurs, if the java bean contains a MessageElement
as described above.
> although the MessageElement implements the interface, i suspect
it is in fact not serializable because (at least in my case) it somehow references an OperationDesc
object which is not serializable.

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