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Suspicious ternary operator in varargs method call

Reports vararg method calls that use a ternary operator with mixed array and non-array branches.

When compiled, both branches are wrapped in arrays. As a result, the array branch is turned into a two-dimensional array, which may indicate a problem.

The quick-fix wraps the non-array branch in an array to prevent the compiler from doing the conversion.

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static void bar(boolean flag) { Object[] a = {1, 2}; Object b = "hello"; foo(flag ? a : b); } static void foo(Object... obj) { }

After the quick-fix:

static void bar(boolean flag) { Object[] a = {1, 2}; Object b = "hello"; foo(flag ? a : new Object[]{b}); } static void foo(Object... obj) { }

This inspection depends on the Java feature 'Variable arity methods' which is available since Java 5.

New in 2020.3


By default bundled with

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin

Java, 241.18072

Last modified: 18 June 2024