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From "Ford, Peter" <>
Subject Bug in nested #parse()
Date Thu, 12 Aug 2004 15:41:32 GMT
There seems to be a problem in Velocity in which exceptions thrown during processing of nested
#parse() calls do not get passed to the calling code. It is very simple to reproduce - just
compile the following and set up a couple of test files. 

Test program source:

public class Test
    public static void main(String[] args)
            String resource = args[0];
            VelocityContext context = new VelocityContext(new Properties());
            context.put("firstName", "Pete");
            VelocityEngine ve = new VelocityEngine();
            Properties velCfg = new Properties();
            Writer w = new StringWriter();
            ve.mergeTemplate(resource, context, w);
        catch (Exception e)

test file 1 ("basic.txt"):

#parse( "no-such-file.txt" )

test file 2 ("wrapper.txt"):

#parse( "basic.txt" )

Now run the program using "basic.txt" as the argument; you'll see an exception thrown because
the engine can't find "no-such-file.txt". So far so good.

Run it again using "wrapper.txt" as the argument; this time no exception is thrown. The mergeTemplate()
call returns to the caller as if nothing is wrong.

This is causing me serious headaches and I have to find a solution or workround. Is this a
known bug? Does anyone know of a fix?

I'm running on RedHat 9. Velocity 1.3.1 and 1.4 both behave the same way.


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