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JAXB with Eclipse RCP [message #991574] Wed, 19 December 2012 19:13 Go to next message
michael jordan is currently offline michael jordanFriend
Messages: 3
Registered: December 2012
Junior Member
1) setup
i have an eclipse 3.7 plug-in project that runs an eclipse rcp application
the execution environment under run configuration is set to "Runtime JRE: jre6 (32bit)"

editing plugin.xml with the "Plug-In Manifest Editor" org.eclipse.persistence.moxy (2.4.1) is added under required plugins in the "Dependencies" tab

the plugin-in is from the eclipselink download page from the "EclipseLink 2.4.1 OSGi Bundles Zip (18 MB)" download

2) model
i have generated the model using eclipselink-2.4.1.v20121003-ad44345

in addition to the generated model java classes and were also created (the content of being "javax.xml.bind.context.factory=org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBContextFactory")

the root element in the xml is "<plan-library>"
the corresponding java class is annotated
@XmlType(name = "", propOrder = {
@XmlRootElement(name = "plan-library")
public class PlanLibrary {

3) unmarshalling

import org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBContext;
import org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBUnmarshaller;


			JAXBContext jc = (JAXBContext) JAXBContext.newInstance("", ObjectFactory.class.getClassLoader());
			JAXBUnmarshaller u = jc.createUnmarshaller();
			Object planLibrary = u.unmarshal(input.getAsbruXmlFile()); // <-- exception here

this leads to the following exception:
 - with linked exception:
[Exception [EclipseLink-25008] (Eclipse Persistence Services - 2.4.1.v20121003-ad44345): org.eclipse.persistence.exceptions.XMLMarshalException
Exception Description: A descriptor with default root element plan-library was not found in the project]
	at org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBUnmarshaller.handleXMLMarshalException(
	at org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBUnmarshaller.unmarshal(

4) unmarshalling with the native jaxb implementation - ie. simply removing the file and changing the code
import javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext;
import javax.xml.bind.Unmarshaller;


			JAXBContext jc = JAXBContext.newInstance("", ObjectFactory.class.getClassLoader());
			Unmarshaller u = jc.createUnmarshaller();
			Object planLibrary = u.unmarshal(input.getAsbruXmlFile());

works perfectly

5) the point: what am i doing wrong?

note 1:
using (ie. eclipselink) the following piece of code
javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext jc = javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext.newInstance("", ObjectFactory.class.getClassLoader());

produces a "java.lang.ClassCastException: org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBContext cannot be cast to javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext"

which should be impossible since org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBContext extends javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext; newInstance even returns against javax.xml.bind.JAXBContext (just simple covariance... so maybe there is some osgi magic at work here that i don't get OR im too tired from this and just missing something super obvious)

note 2:
similar story with

			org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBContext jc = (org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBContext) org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBContext.newInstance("", ObjectFactory.class.getClassLoader());
			javax.xml.bind.Unmarshaller u = jc.createUnmarshaller();
			Object planLibrary = u.unmarshal(input.getAsbruXmlFile()); //<-- exception happens here 

"java.lang.IncompatibleClassChangeError: Class org.eclipse.persistence.jaxb.JAXBUnmarshaller does not implement the requested interface javax.xml.bind.Unmarshaller"
Re: JAXB with Eclipse RCP [message #992002 is a reply to message #991574] Thu, 20 December 2012 16:34 Go to previous message
Blaise Doughan is currently offline Blaise DoughanFriend
Messages: 163
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member

Hi Michael,

Below is a link to an answer I gave on Stack Overflow that has a complete example of using MOXy in an OSGi environment.


To specifically address #5, you need to ensure that you are importing either the JAXB bundle or the javax.xml.bind package. Since MOXy imports this if you don't then MOXy will get the JAXB classes from OSGi and you'll get them from the JRE and you'll get the exception you are seeing.

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