2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2007 11:09 AM by wtff

    bug in rich:dataTable?



      I believe that the rich:dataTable component doesn't generate client-ids within the HTML/Javascript markup correctly when it is first rendered (the id of the parent naming containers are missing).
      I put a a4j:commandButton within the dataTable and had it invoke a managed bean method but the method is not being invoked. If I place an h:commandLink on the same page and have it invoke the same method the method gets invoked and after that the commandButtons within the rich:dataTable rows start working correctly.
      When I switch to h:dataTable everything works fine right away. I believe that this is a bug.

      Here is how to reproduce it:

      - I used RichFaces 3.0.1, ajax4jsf 1.1.1 and JSF-RI 1.2 on tomcat 6.0.13 and java 1.6.0-b105

      put managed bean ComponentTester in application scope:

      public class ComponentTester {
       private List<Integer> integerList = new LinkedList<Integer>();
       public ComponentTester() {
       for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++)
       public void doNothing() {
       System.out.println("doNothing invoked");
       public List<Integer> getIntegerList() {
       return integerList;

      create page test.jsp:

      <%@taglib uri="http://java.sun.com/jsf/core" prefix="f"%>
      <%@taglib uri="http://java.sun.com/jsf/html" prefix="h"%>
      <%@taglib uri="https://ajax4jsf.dev.java.net/ajax" prefix="a4j"%>
      <%@taglib uri="http://richfaces.ajax4jsf.org/rich" prefix="rich"%>
       <a4j:page id="page">
       <h:form id="form">
       <h:commandLink value="submit" action="#{tester.doNothing}" />
       <rich:separator />
       <rich:dataTable id="table" value="#{tester.integerList}" var="item">
       <rich:column><h:outputText value="#{item}"/></rich:column>
       <a4j:commandButton id="tblbutton1" value="submit" action="#{tester.doNothing}">
       <a4j:ajaxListener type="org.ajax4jsf.ajax.ForceRender" />

      First, point the browser to the test.jsp page and click any commandButton inside the rich:dataTable. The method doNothing is not getting invoked as there is not output the the webserver-console.

      Then use the h:commandLink outside the table. It will invoke the medhod correctly.

      THEN try the commandButtons inside the rich:dataTable again. Now you will find that they work.

      Looking at the html source, the first rendition of rich:dataTable includes client-ids in the form of:

      <table ... id="table" ...>...<td ...><input id="table:0:tblbutton1" name="table:0:tblbutton1" onclick="A4J.AJAX.Submit('page','form',event,{'parameters':{'table:0:tblbutton1':'table:0:tblbutton1'} ,'actionUrl':'/web-test/faces/test.jsp'} );return false;"

      invoking the h:commandLink will submit the h:form and rich:dataTable will get rerendered along with any other component on the page. This time around, rich:dataTable produces the correct client-ids:

      <table ... id="form:table" ...><td ...><input id="form:table:0:tblbutton1" name="form:table:0:tblbutton1" onclick="A4J.AJAX.Submit('page','form',event,{'parameters':{'form:table:0:tblbutton1':'form:table:0:tblbutton1'} ,'actionUrl':'/web-test/faces/test.jsp'} );return false;"

      I played around with this scenario a lot but couldn't get around this behaviour. It doesn't matter whether I include the ajaxListener or not.
      If I replace the rich:dataTable with an h:dataTable component everything works as expected.
      If I replace the h:commandLink with an a4j:commandLink the rich:dataTable won't work at all because the a4j:commandLink won't trigger a full page refresh.

      Can someone shed some light on this? I believe this is a bug. I tried out varios things, like replacing h:form with aj4:form, including attributes like "prependId" on the form component but it still doesn't work.

      I first wanted to paste this usecase into the user forum before submitting a bug report.

      BTW: I also coudn't make use of the attribute "actionExpression". Only "action" seems to work. Can someone confirm this?
      For example, if I modify the commandLink to contain the property
      actionExpression="tester:doNothing" the method is not getting invoked although I am using JSF 1.2

      thanks a lot