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Thread: Custom class loader returns NoSuchMethodException in listFilesAndDirs() method call

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    Default Custom class loader returns NoSuchMethodException in listFilesAndDirs() method call

    I am trying to invoke the method listFilesAndDirs() of org.apache.commons.io.FileUtils using my own custom class loader. But it returns NoSuchMethodException.
    Code used for method invoke.

    MyLoader c=new MyLoader();
    Class cls=c.loadClass("org.apache.commons.io.FileUtils");
    //to display the available methods
    Method m[] = cls.getDeclaredMethods();
    for (int i = 0; i < m.length; i++)
    // to get a listFilesAndDirs method
    Method me=cls.getMethod("listFilesAndDirs",new Class[] { File.class, IOFileFilter.class,
                IOFileFilter.class });

    Code used for class loader

    public class MyLoader extends ClassLoader {
    private  String classPath;
    public MyLoader()
    private String jarFile = "D:/Project/lib/commons-io-2.4.jar";;          //Path to the jar file  
    private Hashtable classes = new Hashtable(); //used to cache already defined classes  
    public Class loadClass(String className) throws ClassNotFoundException {  
    return findClass(className);  
    public Class findClass(String className) {  
    //System.out.println(className+" is loaded by Custom class Loader");
    byte classByte[];  
    Class result = null;  
    result = (Class) classes.get(className); //checks in cached classes  
    if (result != null) {  
        return result;  
    try {
        JarFile jar = new JarFile(jarFile);  
        classPath=className.replaceAll("\\.", "/");
        JarEntry entry = jar.getJarEntry(classPath + ".class"); 
             return findSystemClass(className);  
        InputStream is = jar.getInputStream(entry);  
        ByteArrayOutputStream byteStream = new ByteArrayOutputStream();  
        int nextValue = is.read();  
        while (-1 != nextValue) {  
            nextValue = is.read();  
        classByte = byteStream.toByteArray(); 
        result = defineClass(className, classByte, 0, classByte.length, null);  
        classes.put(className, result);  
        return result;  
    } catch (Exception e) {  
        return null;  

    call of cls.getDeclaredMethods() will return the method org.apache.commons.io.FileUtils.listFilesAndDirs(j ava.io.File,org.apache.commons.io.filefilter.IOFil eFilter,org.apache.commons.io.filefilter.IOFileFil ter)

    but cls.getMethod("listFilesAndDirs",new Class[] { File.class, IOFileFilter.class, IOFileFilter.class }); returns the following error

    java.lang.NoSuchMethodException: org.apache.commons.io.FileUtils.listFilesAndDirs(j ava.io.File, org.apache.commons.io.filefilter.IOFileFilter, org.apache.commons.io.filefilter.IOFileFilter) at java.lang.Class.getDeclaredMethod(Class.java:1937) at Sample.main(Sample.java:30)

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    Default Re: Custom class loader returns NoSuchMethodException in listFilesAndDirs() method call

    Interesting problem...my suspicion is that you have two different ClassLoaders which is causing two different class definitions. The problem then becomes when you're custom ClassLoader reads in a class, it's dependencies may be different than that already on the classpath (in this case, IOFileFilter.class). When you try and call a method, the Class parameters your code defines differs from that of the Class you read in. As evidence, try calling getMethod() on a method that doesn't rely on any of the 3rd party classes, for instance sizeof(). or moveFile()

    Edit: Running this through Eclipse debugger, sure enough if IOFileFilter.class defined from 'IOFileFilter.class' differs from that defined by getParameterTypes() of the corresponding method. Given the code in Class compares using ==, the getMethod search fails. Try defining the class using your ClassLoader:
    Class ioFileFilter = c.loadClass("org.apache.commons.io.filefilter.IOFileFilter");

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