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From "Will Glass-Husain" <>
Subject Re: Documentation vs. code issue
Date Wed, 06 Jul 2005 22:39:45 GMT
Thanks for catching this!

We should fix the docs.  You should really initialize Velocity before doing
anything.    The problem with your patch is that it will re-initialize 
every time getTemplate is called.

Does it work if you call Velocity.init()  instead of RuntimeSingleton.init
(RuntimeSingleton is not expected to be accessed by the end user).


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tuomas Rinta" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 3:21 PM
Subject: Documentation vs. code issue

> Hi all,
> After posting this to the wrong mailing list (oh, the humiliation), I'm
> gonna try again if I get it right this time :)
> I decided to pick Velocity for a project I am doing and ran into a small
> issue with the Javadoc. When using the code example from the Javadoc of
> org.apache.velocity.Template I get an NullPointerException when executing
> the code, the code is:
>  Template template = Velocity.getTemplate("test.vm");
>  Context context = new VelocityContext();
>  template.merge(context, writer);
> (Copied directly from the Javadoc, just omitting the context.put-methods)
> After some source-browsing, I noticed that when the Template is loaded via
> Velocity.getTemplate, the ResourceManager-instance used by the
> RuntimeSingleton-class is never initialized, causing the
> NullPointerException. I quickly tried to call .init() on the
> RuntimeSingleton in and it fixed the
> problem. I am using the latest stable version for the website (1.4) and
> the org/apache/velocity/app/ has the following CVS
> version id:
> $Id:, v1.30.4.1 2004/03/03 23:22:53 geirm Exp $
> Here's the World's Smallest Diff(tm) that fixes the problem in
> trinta@takeshi app $ diff
> 468a469
> >       RuntimeSingleton.init();
> I don't know if this has been reported yet but couldn't find any reference
> to it with Google. If this is a) a known issue b) the wrong list c) My Own
> Fault Cause I Don't Know What I'm Doing(tm), just ignore this message ;)
> Cheers,
> Tuomas Rinta
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