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JTabbedPane remove exception

Isaac Hewitt
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Joined: Jul 24, 2006
Posts: 190

I am at my wit's end trying to figure out how to avoid the exception thrown below when in this case removing 1 tab in tabbedpane at index 0.
Here is my code. Code gets action map on JTabbedPane.

Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: -1
at java.util.ArrayList.elementData(ArrayList.java:371)
at java.util.ArrayList.get(ArrayList.java:384)
at javax.swing.JTabbedPane.getTitleAt(JTabbedPane.java:1112)
at com.program.program.ArchiveTabPane$4.stateChanged(Unknown Source)
at javax.swing.JTabbedPane.fireStateChanged(JTabbedPane.java:416)
at javax.swing.JTabbedPane$ModelListener.stateChanged(JTabbedPane.java:270)
at javax.swing.DefaultSingleSelectionModel.fireStateChanged(DefaultSingleSelectionModel.java:132)
at javax.swing.DefaultSingleSelectionModel.setSelectedIndex(DefaultSingleSelectionModel.java:67)
at javax.swing.JTabbedPane.setSelectedIndexImpl(JTabbedPane.java:616)
at javax.swing.JTabbedPane.removeTabAt(JTabbedPane.java:979)
at de.javasoft.swing.JYTabbedPane.removeTabAt(JYTabbedPane.java:460)
at com.program.program.ArchiveTabPane$2$1.run(Unknown Source)
at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(InvocationEvent.java:251)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl(EventQueue.java:705)
at java.awt.EventQueue.access$000(EventQueue.java:101)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(EventQueue.java:666)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(EventQueue.java:664)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$1.doIntersectionPrivilege(ProtectionDomain.java:76)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(EventQueue.java:675)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(EventDispatchThread.java:211)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(EventDispatchThread.java:128)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(EventDispatchThread.java:117)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispatchThread.java:113)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispatchThread.java:105)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(EventDispatchThread.java:90)
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 19541

c is -1 which means that getTabCount() returned 0 - you don't have any tabs.

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Isaac Hewitt
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Joined: Jul 24, 2006
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if I modify the code to this below I can get a print out of 1 item before I click on the little X button to close the tab. I am doing the testing with just 1 tab in tabbed pane. I add minus 1 to get index 0 as you see in my first post. If I have no code after actionPerformed, the tab does not close upon clicking the little button with X on top. If I test the code with more than one tab, I can close all the tabs except the last one at index 0. Index 0 always throw the exception. I tried removeAll() with 1 tab and at index 0 of course and that throws an exception too.

Paul Balm
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Ha! It took me a while before I saw it.

Have a close look at the stacktrace in your post.

Your ArchiveTabPanel also listens on changes on the tab panel. When you remove the tab, a ChangeEvent is fired and the stateChanged() method on your ArchiveTabPanel is executed (although it seems to be in a different package?). This method has a logical error: It tries to get the title of tab with index -1.


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Rob Spoor

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Posts: 19541

Paul is right. The problem doesn't occur on line 9 as I first thought, but in a completely different call to getTitleAt.
Isaac Hewitt
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Joined: Jul 24, 2006
Posts: 190

Thank you Paul Balm. You were right. The problem was the wrong choice of method in changeListener (on 3rd line). It's important to thoroughly follow up on stack traces. Thanks Paul once again for bringing this to my attention.

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