JavaFX TextArea with listener gives: “java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: The start must be


I am getting the exception when trying to change text in the text property listener. The exception is exactly the same is <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/30465313/javafx-textfield-with-listener-gives-java-lang-illegalargumentexception-the-s" rel="nofollow">this question</a>. I used TextArea instead of TextField, but I think the source of the bug is the same. It's in the "TextInputControl.java". It seems to be Java 8's bug.

@FXML private TextArea ta; ta.setText("12-"); // pre-set text ta.textProperty().addListener((observable, oldValue, newValue) -> { ta.setText("1"); // changed text });

This causes the exception on my machine. I have JDK 1.8.0_51 on Win 7 64-bit. However, this dosen't cause the exception if I switch back to JDK 1.8.0_25.

I tired a range of "pre-set text" and "changed text" combinations and I found that, generally, if it's more like to cause the exception when the length of "changed text" is short then the "pre-set text".

Is there an workaround for this issue? Or did I make mistakes somewhere?

Thanks for the help.

<strong>Edit</strong>: The following code will reproduce the issue. I tested with jre 8u60, and the issue still exists.

public class Main extends Application { @Override public void start(Stage primaryStage) { try { TextArea ta = new TextArea(); ta.setText("12-"); // pre-set text ta.textProperty().addListener((observable, oldValue, newValue) -> { ta.setText("1"); // changed text }); AnchorPane root = new AnchorPane(); root.getChildren().addAll(ta); Scene scene = new Scene(root,400,400); primaryStage.setScene(scene); primaryStage.show(); } catch(Exception e) { e.printStackTrace(); } } public static void main(String[] args) { launch(args); } }

After creating the window, the TextArea will show "12-". By trying to insert a character anywhere, the TextArea will change to "1" but with the following exception produced:

Exception in thread "JavaFX Application Thread" java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: The start must be <= the end at javafx.scene.control.TextInputControl.getText(TextInputControl.java:446) at javafx.scene.control.TextInputControl.updateContent(TextInputControl.java:564) at javafx.scene.control.TextInputControl.replaceText(TextInputControl.java:548) at com.sun.javafx.scene.control.behavior.TextAreaBehavior.replaceText(TextAreaBehavior.java:305) at com.sun.javafx.scene.control.behavior.TextInputControlBehavior.defaultKeyTyped(TextInputControlBehavior.java:238) at com.sun.javafx.scene.control.behavior.TextInputControlBehavior.callAction(TextInputControlBehavior.java:139) at com.sun.javafx.scene.control.behavior.TextAreaBehavior.callAction(TextAreaBehavior.java:259) at com.sun.javafx.scene.control.behavior.BehaviorBase.callActionForEvent(BehaviorBase.java:218) at com.sun.javafx.scene.control.behavior.TextInputControlBehavior.callActionForEvent(TextInputControlBehavior.java:127) at com.sun.javafx.scene.control.behavior.BehaviorBase.lambda$new$74(BehaviorBase.java:135) at com.sun.javafx.event.CompositeEventHandler$NormalEventHandlerRecord.handleBubblingEvent(CompositeEventHandler.java:218) at com.sun.javafx.event.CompositeEventHandler.dispatchBubblingEvent(CompositeEventHandler.java:80) at com.sun.javafx.event.EventHandlerManager.dispatchBubblingEvent(EventHandlerManager.java:238) at com.sun.javafx.event.EventHandlerManager.dispatchBubblingEvent(EventHandlerManager.java:191) at com.sun.javafx.event.CompositeEventDispatcher.dispatchBubblingEvent(CompositeEventDispatcher.java:59) at com.sun.javafx.event.BasicEventDispatcher.dispatchEvent(BasicEventDispatcher.java:58) at com.sun.javafx.event.EventDispatchChainImpl.dispatchEvent(EventDispatchChainImpl.java:114) at com.sun.javafx.event.BasicEventDispatcher.dispatchEvent(BasicEventDispatcher.java:56) at com.sun.javafx.event.EventDispatchChainImpl.dispatchEvent(EventDispatchChainImpl.java:114) at com.sun.javafx.event.BasicEventDispatcher.dispatchEvent(BasicEventDispatcher.java:56) at com.sun.javafx.event.EventDispatchChainImpl.dispatchEvent(EventDispatchChainImpl.java:114) at com.sun.javafx.event.EventUtil.fireEventImpl(EventUtil.java:74) at com.sun.javafx.event.EventUtil.fireEvent(EventUtil.java:54) at javafx.event.Event.fireEvent(Event.java:198) at javafx.scene.Scene$KeyHandler.process(Scene.java:3964) at javafx.scene.Scene$KeyHandler.access$1800(Scene.java:3910) at javafx.scene.Scene.impl_processKeyEvent(Scene.java:2040) at javafx.scene.Scene$ScenePeerListener.keyEvent(Scene.java:2501) at com.sun.javafx.tk.quantum.GlassViewEventHandler$KeyEventNotification.run(GlassViewEventHandler.java:197) at com.sun.javafx.tk.quantum.GlassViewEventHandler$KeyEventNotification.run(GlassViewEventHandler.java:147) at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) at com.sun.javafx.tk.quantum.GlassViewEventHandler.lambda$handleKeyEvent$354(GlassViewEventHandler.java:228) at com.sun.javafx.tk.quantum.QuantumToolkit.runWithoutRenderLock(QuantumToolkit.java:389) at com.sun.javafx.tk.quantum.GlassViewEventHandler.handleKeyEvent(GlassViewEventHandler.java:227) at com.sun.glass.ui.View.handleKeyEvent(View.java:546) at com.sun.glass.ui.View.notifyKey(View.java:966) at com.sun.glass.ui.win.WinApplication._runLoop(Native Method) at com.sun.glass.ui.win.WinApplication.lambda$null$149(WinApplication.java:191) at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:745)

Clearing before changing text doesn't help either because even just clearing the text, ie. ta.clear();, would cause the same exception. Any ideas? Is there a JIRA ticket about this already?


To me it seems like a bug. Wouldnt be the first time something like this happens from one version to the other. Most of the time I have a look at the <a href="https://javafx-jira.kenai.com" rel="nofollow">JavaFX Jira</a> and see if there are any open issues. I didnt find it at this point. As a workaround I would suggest to use another component, probably the Label instead of the TextArea if you only want to display text.


Have a look at:

<a href="https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8081700" rel="nofollow">https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8081700</a>


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