This is True / False or a bug!?

by Perry168 » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:55:51 GMT

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Today, I wrote a program. The function is to get the installed
packages name through the provider name. But I find a problem, when I
compare two SAME strings. The Boolean result will be FALSE.
I used the Eclipse to watch the value change. From expression, I saw
the Local1 and xx are same. But the Boolean bb is false. Also I
installed the apk to phone too. I found the result is "FALSE" too.
I don know the problem come from and how to fix it.
I hope who can teach me.
Following is my main.XML and source.

 < XML >

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=" 
    <TextView android:text="TextView" android:id="@+id/tV1"
    <Button android:text="Button" android:id="@+id/bn1"

import java.util.List;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class FindPackage extends Activity  implements OnClickListener

    TextView tV1;
    Button bn1;
        String xx = "";
        Boolean bb = false;

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    tV1 = (TextView) findViewById (;
    bn1 = (Button) findViewById (;
    bn1.setOnClickListener (this);

        public void onClick(View v) {

        if (v == bn1){
                List <PackageInfo>  aa = null;
                ProviderInfo [] kk = null;
                String Local1 = "";
                aa =  this.getPackageManager().getInstalledPackages(8); // Get 
                int i = aa.toArray().length-1; // Get Number of Packages

        while (i>=0)
                kk = aa.get(i).providers; // Withdraw the Provider
                if (kk == null){
                if (kk[0].name.contains("Alarm")) // Checking the Provider name
which has Alarm word"
                                Local1 = kk[0].packageName; // put the package 
name into

                i = 0;

            bb = (xx==Local1);

            tV1.setText(bb+""); // Show the result




Re: This is True / False or a bug!?

by Jens » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:56:49 GMT

 ou could start with your broken string comparison.


Use String#equals(String) instead if you're not trying to ascertain if
xx and Local1 are both *instances* of the same String object.

On 20 Apr, 06:08, Perry168 <> wrote:


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Re: This is True / False or a bug!?

by Shawn Holland » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:56:54 GMT

 our code is checking to see if the two variables referencing the same
object. You need to use the equals method...

bb = (xx.equals(Local1));

On Apr 20, 12:08am, Perry168 <> wrote:


Re: This is True / False or a bug!?

by DanH » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:03:23 GMT

 lso, if one will be doing a lot of repeated compares of the same
String values, String.intern() can be used to get a pointer that can
be compared to other pointers to interned Strings.

Some Strings (I'm thinking all String literals in a program) are
defined to be already interned. So, eg, if ClassA.methodA calls
ClassB.methodB and passes a value that originated as the literal "Some
String!", one could (if they knew the value originated as a literal)
safely compare to the literal "Some String!" in methodB using the "=="

On Apr 21, 5:56am, Shawn Holland <> wrote:


Re: This is True / False or a bug!?

by cool rss feed » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:39:22 GMT


"==" on String will do an Object-based comparison. it means that xx
and local1 IS same OBJECT if the result value is true.

and 99% of your time you wont be doing object-based comparison on
String object. so use String.compareTo().

On Apr 20, 12:08pm, Perry168 <> wrote:


Re: This is True / False or a bug!?

by cool rss feed » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:39:23 GMT

 hy dont you use Local1.compareTo(xx)?

Keep in mind that "==" does not guarantee the same result when you use
String.compareTo() from program to program.


On Apr 20, 12:08pm, Perry168 <> wrote:


Re: This is True / False or a bug!?

by dalisa099 » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:39:24 GMT


Replacing the line :
bb = (xx==Local1);
by :
bb = xx.equals(Local1);

should solve your issue.


Re: This is True / False or a bug!?

by Hyvi » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:39:27 GMT

 b = (xx==Local1);
should be
bb = (xx.equals(Local1));

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