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Thread: ClassLoader and inner classes

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    Default ClassLoader and inner classes

    I have this method (in my own classloader) that loads classes from zip:
    ZipInputStream in = new ZipInputStream(new FileInputStream(zip));
    ZipEntry entry;
    while ((entry = in.getNextEntry()) != null) {
    	if (!entry.isDirectory()) {
    		byte[] buffer = new byte[(int) entry.getSize()];
    		if (!entry.getName().endsWith(".class"))
    		String name = entry.getName().replace(".class", "").replace("/", ".");
    		Class<?> cls = this.defineClass(name, buffer, 0, buffer.length);

    The zip that im trying to load looks like this:
    My problem is that defineClass() fails to load the TestClass$SomeOtherInnerClass. If this class is loaded before the actual TestClass i get this:
    java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: TestClass
    I also tried to load the TestClass.class first but then im getting this error:
    java.lang.ClassFormatError: Wrong InnerClasses attribute length in class file TestClass
    Please help me

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    Default Re: ClassLoader and inner classes

    The problem is that the class loader cannot load the inner class. For example, URLClassLoader assumes all requests are for outer classes.

    Try this:
    Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader().loa dClass( classFQN );

    This works, even for inner classes. Many people recommend creating your own class loader or extending URLClassLoader but that is not actually necessary, most of the time.

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