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JAXB/Moxy @XmlPath(".") conflicts with the XMLAdapter during the unmarshalling [message #1842024] Mon, 07 June 2021 13:28
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Was unable to find the solution even after trying many things so posting here hoping to get some workaround or fix for this issue.

In short, I would like to perform the `unmarshalling` as mentioned here: but along with Map I will have one more @XmlElement. So one field is annotated with (Map field) @XmlPath(".") and another field with (String field) @XmlElement and then I would like to perform unmarshalling.

Basically, if the @XmlPath(".") has been used on a Map and if there is XMLAdapter on it then it fails during the unmarshalling. The marshaling works perfectly only the unmarshalling fails. All I would like to know is how to read the custom or user-defined elements using the @XmlPath(".") and XMLAdapter. During the unmarshalling I get the NULL values if I use both of them. I am sure there should be some way but at present nothing is working for me.

Following is the XML that I am trying to unmarshal:
<Customer xmlns:google="[url][/url]">

Following is the Customer.class to which it will be unmarshalled:
@XmlRootElement(name = "Customer")
@XmlType(name = "Customer", propOrder = {"name", "age", "userExtensions"})
public class Customer extends Person {

  private String name;
  private String age;

  private Map<String, Object> userExtensions = new HashMap<>();

Following is the Main class which will unmarshal:
public class Unmarshalling {
  public static void main(String[] args)
      throws JAXBException, XMLStreamException, FactoryConfigurationError, IOException, URISyntaxException, ProcessingException {
    final InputStream inputStream = Unmarshalling.class.getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream("customer.xml");
    final XMLStreamReader xmlStreamReader = XMLInputFactory.newInstance().createXMLStreamReader(inputStream);
    final JAXBContext jaxbContext = JAXBContext.newInstance(Customer.class);
    final Unmarshaller unmarshaller = jaxbContext.createUnmarshaller();
    final Customer customer = unmarshaller.unmarshal(xmlStreamReader, Customer.class).getValue();
    System.out.println("Read XML : " + customer);

When I run this code I will get the output as:
Read XML : Person(name=Rise Against, age=2000)

It's not reading the `custom or user-defined` elements such as google:sub1 and google:sub2.

1. There is one more issue similar to this but the workaround mentioned there did not work for me.
2. I tried the @XmlAnyElement(lax=true) on MAP even that did not work for me.

Following is the TestAdapter that I am using for marshaling and unmarshalling the Map<String,Object>
public class TestAdapter extends XmlAdapter<Wrapper, Map<String, Object>> {

  public Map<String, Object> unmarshal(Wrapper value) throws Exception {
    System.out.println("ADAPTER UNMARSHALLING");

    if (value == null) {
      return null;

    //Loop across all elements within ILMD tag
    final Map<String, Object> extensions = new HashMap<>();
    for (Object obj : value.getElements()) {
      Element element = (Element) obj;

      //System.out.println("Node Name : " + element.getNodeName() + " Value : " + element.getTextContent());

      final NodeList children = element.getChildNodes();

      if (children.getLength() == 1) {
        extensions.put(element.getNodeName(), element.getTextContent());
      } else {
        List<Object> child = new ArrayList<>();
        for (int i = 0; i < children.getLength(); i++) {
          final Node n = children.item(i);
          if (n.getNodeType() == Node.ELEMENT_NODE) {
            Wrapper wrapper = new Wrapper();
            List childElements = new ArrayList();
            wrapper.elements = childElements;
        extensions.put(element.getNodeName(), child);
    return extensions;

  public Wrapper marshal(Map<String, Object> v) throws Exception {
    if (v == null) {
      return null;

    Wrapper wrapper = new Wrapper();
    List elements = new ArrayList();
    for (Map.Entry<String, Object> property : v.entrySet()) {
      if (property.getValue() instanceof Map) {
        elements.add(new JAXBElement<Wrapper>(new QName(property.getKey()), Wrapper.class, marshal((Map) property.getValue())));
      } else {
        elements.add(new JAXBElement<String>(new QName(property.getKey()), String.class, property.getValue().toString()));
    wrapper.elements = elements;
    return wrapper;

class Wrapper {

  List elements;

  public List getElements() {
    return elements;

I tried many things but nothing worked till now. Can someone please have a look at this issue and provide your solution. Happy to provide any more info with regards to this issue as I have spent nearly 10 days looking for answers.

There is an open ticket with regards to this issue I tried the solution mentioned there but still, my XML is not read properly. Kindly provide some solutions.

I tried the following things:
1. Created one more variable and tried to use it only during unmarshalling but that's also failing.
2. Tried to create one more field then used the `@XmlAnyElement` on it but that's also not working as I expected.

Everything is failing. I tried to debug the code from `MOXY` but I am unable to follow many things there. Any help with this issue would be really helpful for me.


[Updated on: Tue, 08 June 2021 06:08]

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