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[CLJ-1243] Cannot resolve public generic method from package-private base class Created: 01/Aug/13  Updated: 17/Nov/13

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.3, Release 1.4, Release 1.5
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Stuart Sierra Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: interop

Attachments: GZip Archive clj-1243-demo1.tar.gz    

 Description   

The Clojure compiler cannot resolve a public generic method inherited from a package-private base class.

Instructions to reproduce:

  • In package P1
    • Define a package-private class A with generic type parameters
    • Define a public method M in A using generic types in either its arguments or return value
    • Define a public class B which extends A
  • In package P2
    • Construct an instance of B
    • Invoke B.M()

This is valid in Java. In Clojure, invoking B.M produces a reflection warning, followed by the error "java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Can't call public method of non-public class." No amount of type-hinting prevents the warning or the error.

Attachment clj-1243-demo1.tar.gz contains sample code and script to demonstrate the problem.

Examples of Java projects which use public methods in package-private classes:



 Comments   
Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 01/Aug/13 5:11 PM ]

It is also not possible to call the method reflectively from Java.

This may be a bug in Java reflection: JDK-4283544

But why does it only happen on generic methods?

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 08/Aug/13 11:59 AM ]

According to Rich Hickey, the presence of bridge methods is unspecified and inconsistent across JDK versions.

A possible solution is to use ASM to examine the bytecode of third-party Java classes, instead of the reflection API. That way the Clojure compiler would have access to the same information as the Java compiler.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 17/Nov/13 11:01 PM ]

CLJ-1183 was closed as a duplicate of this one. Mentioning it here in case anyone working on this ticket wants to follow the link to it and read discussion or test cases described there.

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