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From "juergen schad (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (CONFIGURATION-323) DefaultConfigurationBuilder, property-value misinterpreted as list, escaped notation of list-delimiter lost during internal processing
Date Wed, 07 May 2008 13:56:55 GMT
DefaultConfigurationBuilder, property-value misinterpreted as list, escaped notation of list-delimiter
lost during internal processing

                 Key: CONFIGURATION-323
             Project: Commons Configuration
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 1.4
         Environment: WinXP
            Reporter: juergen schad

Shortly we switched from ConfigurationFactory to DefaultConfigurationBuilder for parsing out
configuration-files. Unfortunately the resulting Configuration-Objects show different behaviour.
The following example illustrates the problem.

public class CommonsConfigTest extends TestCase
    public void testCommonsConfig() 
            URL oConfigURL = new File("c:\\config.xml").toURL();
            //========= ConfigurationFactory ===========
            final ConfigurationFactory oConfigurationFactory = new ConfigurationFactory();
            oConfigurationFactory.setConfigurationURL( oConfigURL );
            printPropertyValue( oConfigurationFactory.getConfiguration() );

            //========= DefaultConfigurationBuilder 1st attempt ===========
            final DefaultConfigurationBuilder oBuilder = new DefaultConfigurationBuilder();
            oBuilder.setURL( oConfigURL );
            printPropertyValue( oBuilder.getConfiguration() );

            //========= DefaultConfigurationBuilder 2nd attempt ===========
            final DefaultConfigurationBuilder oDelimiterBuilder = new DefaultConfigurationBuilder();
            oDelimiterBuilder.setListDelimiter( ';' );
            oDelimiterBuilder.setDelimiterParsingDisabled( true );
            oDelimiterBuilder.setURL( oConfigURL );
            printPropertyValue( oDelimiterBuilder.getConfiguration() );
        catch ( Exception configEx )
    void printPropertyValue(final Configuration a_oConfig) {
        System.out.println( a_oConfig.getString( "demo.prop" ) );

contents of config.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>
    <properties optional="true" fileName="/"/>

contents of
demo.prop=test\, text using \,\, escaped list delimiters

the output looks like this
test, text using ,, escaped list delimiters

The value of demo.prop depends on the mechanism which was used to create the Configuration-objects.

Using ConfigurationFactory gives the expected result: the list delimiters are ignored as they
are escaped by backslashes.
Both attempts using a DefaultConfigurationBuilder fail; even changing the List-delimiter and
disabling delimiter-processing doesn't give the expected result.

One reason for the problem is the invocation of ConfigurationUtils.copy() during internel
processing. The method copies the value of the property from one configuration into another.
During insertion of the property, the value of the property is split (StringUtils.split) a
second time. Unfortunately the escape-backslashes have already been removed, as a result of
the first invocation of StringUtils.split(), which happended during the initial parsing of
the file.  That's why the second split-invocation treats the value as list.

I see two problems

* the information about escape-characters is lost, copying a property from one configuration
into another gives different results
* setListDelimiter() and setDelimiterParsingDisabled() don't work as expected

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