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From Tuomas Rinta <>
Subject Documentation vs. code issue
Date Wed, 06 Jul 2005 22:21:19 GMT
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
 >       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 ;)

Tuomas Rinta

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