Quick-n-Dirty: Disable Validation for FileDownload control (2)

Because my old snippet does not work anymore for ND9 (the IBM changed the internal methods / objects) I had to create a new way to disable the validation of the FileDownload control. Now I have switched to a PhaseListener which waits for to any XspEventHandler and checks if this event handler is a child of the FileDownload control. If so, it skips the validation.

Here is the code for the PhaseListener:

package ch.hasselba.xpages;

import java.util.Iterator;
import java.util.Map;

import javax.faces.component.UIComponent;
import javax.faces.context.FacesContext;
import javax.faces.event.PhaseEvent;
import javax.faces.event.PhaseId;
import javax.faces.event.PhaseListener;

import com.ibm.xsp.component.UIViewRootEx;
import com.ibm.xsp.component.xp.XspEventHandler;
import com.ibm.xsp.component.xp.XspFileDownload;
import com.ibm.xsp.context.FacesContextExImpl;
import com.ibm.xsp.util.FacesUtil;

public class FileDownloadPhaseListener implements PhaseListener {

     * FileDownloadPhaseListener
     * by Sven Hasselbach, 19.12.2014
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

    public void afterPhase(PhaseEvent arg0) {}

    public void beforePhase(PhaseEvent arg0) {
            FacesContextExImpl fc = (FacesContextExImpl) FacesContext.getCurrentInstance();

            // get client id
            String clientId = FacesUtil.getHiddenFieldValue(fc); 

            // extract last id 
            String[] ids = clientId.split(":");
            String id = ids[ ids.length  - 1 ];

            // search for the component
            UIViewRootEx uiRoot = (UIViewRootEx) fc.getViewRoot();
            UIComponent cmp = FacesUtil.getComponentFor(uiRoot,  id );

            if( cmp instanceof XspEventHandler ){

                while( cmp != null ){

                    // found the download control?
                    if( cmp instanceof XspFileDownload ){
                        // disable validation & quit the process
                        fc.setDisableValidators( true );
                    // climb up the component tree    
                    cmp = cmp.getParent();

        }catch(Exception e){}

    public PhaseId getPhaseId() {
        return PhaseId.PROCESS_VALIDATIONS;

When using it on a XPage…

… you can now delete a File …

… but cannot submit a form with the required field:

This is the required faces-config.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

P.S. Keep in mind that this article has been posted in the “Quick-n-Dirty” category.

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