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From "Matt Benson (Resolved) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Resolved] (LANG-786) StringUtils equals() relies on undefined behavior
Date Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:52:41 GMT


Matt Benson resolved LANG-786.

    Resolution: Fixed

Hi, Daniel, and thanks for your contribution!  Notwithstanding the obvious potential for arguments
about OO design and method overloading, I have reworked your patch so that {{String-String}}
comparisons are still handled in the body of the basic {{equals(CharSequence, CharSequence)}}
method; thus no exception is needed in {{StringUtilsTest#testStringUtilsCharSequenceContract()}}.
 Specifically I have retained your {{StringUtilsEqualsIndexOfTest}} improvements.

{{Committed revision 1234915.}}
> StringUtils equals() relies on undefined behavior
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LANG-786
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Lang
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: lang.*
>    Affects Versions: 3.x
>         Environment: java version "1.7.0_02"
> Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_02-b13)
> Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 22.0-b10, mixed mode)
> Fedora 15 AMD64
>            Reporter: Daniel Trebbien
>              Labels: StringUtils
>         Attachments: equals.patch
> Since the {{java.lang.CharSequence}} class was first introduced in 1.4, the JavaDoc block
has contained the following note:
> {quote}
> This interface does not refine the general contracts of the equals and hashCode methods.
The result of comparing two objects that implement CharSequence is therefore, in general,
undefined. Each object may be implemented by a different class, and there is no guarantee
that each class will be capable of testing its instances for equality with those of the other.
> {quote}
> When the signature of the StringUtils equals() method was changed from {{equals(String,
String)}} to {{equals(CharSequence, CharSequence)}} in R920543, the implementation still relied
on calling CharSequence#equals(Object) even though, in general, the result is undefined.
> One example where {{equals(Object)}} returns {{false}} even though, as CharSequences,
two objects represent equal sequences is when one object is an instance of {{javax.lang.model.element.Name}}
and the other object is a String.

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