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Re: [grouper-users] Import Error unable to import from xml: null

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  • From: "GW Brown, Information Systems and Computing" <>
  • To: Colin Hudler <>,
  • Subject: Re: [grouper-users] Import Error unable to import from xml: null
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 14:21:09 +0000

Hi Colin,

The code is 'designed' to fail if you try to set a null value. Whether or not it should do is debatable. The options would be to:

1. Fail as now
2. Log an error but continue importing
3. Delete the current value if one is set

This could be made a configuration option. The only question would be which to choose as a default.

I've added a Jira issue: <>


--On 15 January 2008 11:32 -0600 Colin Hudler


The error in the subject of this email will occur in
edu.internet2.middleware.grouper.XmlImporter when a grouptype has an
empty attribute. Example xml generated by ant xml-export:

<groupType name='Provisioner'>
<attribute name='Send To'></attribute>

('Send To' has no value)

Sorry, I didn't find exactly which method--if any--causes the error.

Colin Hudler
Network Based Services
The University of Chicago

GW Brown, Information Systems and Computing

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