JDK-6945316 : The Win32ShellFolderManager2.isFileSystemRoot can throw NPE
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: client-libs
  • Sub-Component: javax.swing
  • Affected Version: 7
  • Priority: P3
  • Status: Closed
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: windows
  • CPU: generic
  • Submitted: 2010-04-20
  • Updated: 2011-03-07
  • Resolved: 2011-03-07
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6u21Fixed 7 b94Fixed
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The following NPE can be thrown:
Exception in thread "Thread-8" java.lang.NullPointerException
	at sun.awt.shell.Win32ShellFolderManager2.isFileSystemRoot(Win32ShellFolderManager2.java:406)
	at sun.awt.shell.ShellFolder.isFileSystemRoot(ShellFolder.java:269)

The problem is in the Win32ShellFolderManager2.isFileSystemRoot method. It contains the next code: "Arrays.asList(drives.listFiles())". At the same time drives.listFiles() returns null if current thread is interrupted and the Arrays.asList(null) throws NPE. Note that in that case common functionality is not broken, just the NPE is written in log.

The following test helps to catch the problem:

public class Main {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        if (OSInfo.getOSType() != OSInfo.OSType.WINDOWS) {
            System.out.println("The test is suitable only for Windows OS. Skipped.");


        // Init toolkit because it shouldn't be interrupted while initialization

        // To get NPE the path must obey the following rules:
        // path.length() == 3 && path.charAt(1) == ':' 
        final File tempFile = new File("c:\\");

        Random random = new Random();

        for (int i = 0; i < 1000; i++) {
            final Thread thread = new Thread() {
                public void run() {
                    while (!isInterrupted()) {


            // Give some time for the thread
            Thread.sleep(Math.abs(random.nextInt()) % 10 + 1);


EVALUATION The Win32ShellFolderManager2.isFileSystemRoot method should work if the listFiles() method returns null