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You Just Got Served: InvalidClassException, Could it Be Your Server?

That InvalidClassException error could be your server's fault. Read on to discover the root cause of this perplexing issue.

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Yesterday I got a strange exception:

2015-09-29 12:38:07,299 ERROR MyProjectExceptionHandler - Exception: java.lang.RuntimeException: java.io.InvalidClassException: MyProject.SomeClass; local class incompatible: stream classdesc serialVersionUID = 7209155407778600981, local class serialVersionUID = 7074523269695874819

After backtracking several revisions, I identified the commit that caused the exception for the first time. In this commit, I changed a class in our base project. As it is with many 3-tier-architectures, we have a client and a server project that use a common base project. Changes in this base project have to be reflected both on the server and the client. When I got the error, I was connecting to a remote server than ran an older version of the code. Hence this server could not know about my changes in the base project. The solution was to start a local server that knew about my change.

This is just a small note - however it would have saved me a lot of time searching for the cause of the problem.


If running in an InvalidClassException, think about your architecture: Is a component of your system using another version of your codebase?

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Published at DZone with permission of Steven Schwenke. See the original article here.

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