4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 8, 2009 7:15 PM by Nick Belaevski

    a4j:keepAlive and 'Target Unreachable' error

    Anton Lisovenko Newbie


      Actually I use richfaces a long time, but only recently discovered very useful keepAlive tag, which allows to address bean properties in any "rendered" attributes with no fear. But with this tag I got the "Target Unreachable, '..' returned null" in some situations:


      <a4j:keepAlive beanName="orderDetailsBean"/>
       <h:panelGroup id="field_contract_group">
       <h:selectOneMenu style="width:240px"
       styleClass="selectOneMenu" id="contr">
       <f:selectItem itemValue="0" itemLabel="" />
       <f:selectItems value="#{orderDetailsBean.filterContracts}" />

      private Order entity;
      public Order getEntity(){..};

       @ManyToOne(fetch = FetchType.LAZY)
       private Contract contract;
       public Order() {
       customer = new Customer();
       contract = new Contract();
       employee = new Employee();
       public Contract getContract() {
       /*if (contract == null) {
       contract = new Contract();
       return contract;
       public void setContract(Contract contract) {
       this.contract = contract;

      The problem is that after submiting the form, if the selectOneMenu has an empty value, the following exception is raised:

      Caused by: javax.el.PropertyNotFoundException: /order_details.xhtml @164,43 value="#{orderDetailsBean.entity.contract.id}": Target Unreachable, 'contract' returned null
       at com.sun.facelets.el.TagValueExpression.getType(TagValueExpression.java:62)
       at com.sun.faces.renderkit.html_basic.HtmlBasicInputRenderer.getConvertedValue(HtmlBasicInputRenderer.java:92)
       at com.sun.faces.renderkit.html_basic.MenuRenderer.convertSelectOneValue(MenuRenderer.java:188)
       at com.sun.faces.renderkit.html_basic.MenuRenderer.getConvertedValue(MenuRenderer.java:301)
       at javax.faces.component.UIInput.getConvertedValue(UIInput.java:942)
       at javax.faces.component.UIInput.validate(UIInput.java:868)

      I guess that richfaces serializes-deserializes bean, that's why the Contract object is null (I used to deal with this problem by constructing all dependencies - Contract, Employee and others in the constructor, but now all values are updated by deserialized values). I understand this is not exactly Richfaces problem, but it would be great, if anyone could help me.