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'equals()' called on classes which don't override it

Reports equals() calls on StringBuilder, StringBuffer and instances of java.util.concurrent.atomic package.

The equals() method is not overridden in these classes, so it may return false even when the contents of the two objects are the same. If the reference equality is intended, it's better to use == to avoid confusion.

A quick-fix for StringBuilder, StringBuffer, AtomicBoolean, AtomicInteger, AtomicBoolean and AtomicLong is available to transform into a comparison of contents. The quick-fix may change the semantics when one of the instances is null.

Example:

public void test(StringBuilder sb1, StringBuilder sb2) { boolean result = sb1.equals(sb2); // Suspicious }

After the quick-fix is applied:

public void test(StringBuilder sb1, StringBuilder sb2) { boolean result = sb1.toString().equals(sb2.toString()); }

New in 2017.2

Inspection Details

By default bundled with:

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin:

Java, 241.16690

Last modified: 29 April 2024