Fixing Swing applications created with Maven Uberjar plug-in Maven Uberjar Plugin

Friday, September 30, 2005 at 10:36 PM

Update: Instead of fixing the Uberjar plugin, using the faster JavaApp plugin may be a feasible alternative.

I had some troubles getting the Maven 1 Uberjar plugin to work with a Swing application:

URL url = Main.class.getClassLoader().getResource("icons/22/exit.png");
ImageIcon icon = new ImageIcon(url);

The application would hang on startup when the first ImageIcon was loaded from a URL and throw a NullPointerExceptio

Uncaught error fetching image:
at sun.awt.image.URLImageSource.getDecoder(
at sun.awt.image.InputStreamImageSource.doFetch(
at sun.awt.image.ImageFetcher.fetchloop(

Apparently the URLImageSource class expects url.getHost() != null which is not the case and leads to the exception.

In order to fix the problem, get the classworlds 1.0 source release, apply this patch and run maven jar:install.

Next you need to update the maven uberjar plugin. Checkout the plugin from the maven cvs, apply this patch

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