CDI ambiguous dependency when adding @Named qualifier to existing bean via @Produces


I have a CDI bean implementation in a dependency jar file:

@ApplicationScoped public class MyService { public String doSomething() {...} }

In my webapp, I want to access that service via EL Expression, therefore I have to give it a @Named annotation. But I cannot add the annotation on the MyService implementation because I don't have the rights to change that code.

Therefore I tried creating a producer like

public class MyServiceProducer { @Inject MyService myService; @Produces @Named("myService") public MyService produceNamedInstance() { return myService; } }

This results in a


WELD-001409 - ambiguous dependency for type MyService with qualifiers @Default ... Possible dependencies: - Managed Bean [class ...MyService] with qualifiers [@Any @Default] - Producer Method [myService] with qualifiers [@Default @Named @Any] declared as [...]


How can I add a @Named annotation without touching the original source code?


The error is referring to the @Inject MyService. You basically defined a second bean via @Produces MyService which is <em>also</em> injectable as MyService, but you didn't make clear which one exactly you meant to inject via @Inject. So CDI got confused and throws this ambiguous dependency error.

Instead of creating another producer for an already auto-produced bean, you should just extend the existing bean and then name it.

@Named("myService") public class MyNamedService extends MyService { // }

Noted should be that the <a href="http://docs.oracle.com/javaee/7/api/javax/enterprise/context/ApplicationScoped.html" rel="nofollow">scope</a> is already <a href="http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/java/lang/annotation/Inherited.html" rel="nofollow">@Inherited</a>, so you don't need to re-define it.


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