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From "Steven Wurster (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CODEC-183) BaseNCodecOutputStream only supports writing EOF on close()
Date Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:43:44 GMT


Steven Wurster commented on CODEC-183:

I wouldn't know where to provide a patch with tests.  I do not have a copy of the latest code;
we're running against 1.6 and I doubt we'll migrate to a newer version anytime soon.  I worked
around the problem with reflection so obviously that is only valid for the version I am working

The easiest solution is to change the {{encode()}} and {{decode()}} functions in {{}}
to be public or at least protected instead of package-private (and of course update the descendants
of {{BaseNCodec}} to reflect the change).  As it stands right now they can only be called
from within that package and that makes reuse by third-parties effectively impossible.  Additionally,
all of the variables in both {{BaseNCodecOutputStream}} and {{BaseNCodecInputStream}} are
private and there are no protected getters, and so that completely removes reuse by third

If you want to solve the problem without changing the visibility of those various pieces,
then you could add a new function to {{BaseNCodecOutputStream}} whose signature looks like
{code}public void close(boolean closeStream){code}
that contains the code currently within {{close()}} but only closes the underlying stream
(i.e. the variable {{out}}) when {{closeStream}} is true.  Then change the existing {{close()}}
function to call this new function with the parameter set to {{true}}.

I guess a similar change could be done to {{BaseNCodecInputStream}}, but that seems to be
handled differently with respect to {{close()}}, at least in the version I have.  Like I said,
I'm a couple versions behind and a quick search shows that the newer versions have a thread-based
context that I know nothing about.

> BaseNCodecOutputStream only supports writing EOF on close()
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CODEC-183
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Codec
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.6
>         Environment: I'm running with version 1.6, but quick look shows it's present
in 1.8.
>            Reporter: Steven Wurster
> The only way to add the EOF marker when encoding or decoding with the BaseNCodecOutputStream
is via the close() function.  The flush() function does not perform this logic, and it is
questionable whether or not it should.
> The problem is that I want to write to a Base64OutputStream in the middle of writing
to another stream.  That is, I will write some content to a stream, then wrap that stream
with a Base64OutputStream to write some more (encoded) content, and then finish writing directly
to the original stream (and so not encoded).  Calling flush() on the Base64OutputStream will
not write the EOF marker, which means bytes can be lost.  I do not want to call close() on
the Base64OutputStream as that will propagate to my original stream, which I need to leave
> Ideas for resolving this include the following:
> * Adding a separate function for writing the final (EOF) bytes without an explicit close
(hacky solution).
> * Changing the visibility of various functions and members so that I can write my own
descendant that provides the functionality I want.  Note that the encode() and decode() functions
on BaseNCodec used in the close() routine are package-private, and so I cannot call them within
a descendant.

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