How do I make DefaultTreeSelectionModel isPathSelected() case insensitive?

Posted on 2008-10-30
Last Modified: 2008-11-17
How do I make DefaultTreeSelectionModel isPathSelected() case insensitive?
Currently it is a case sensitive match.

How do I match the path of the Tree case not sensitive?

Question by:jamie_lynn
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by:Kevin Cross
ID: 22847046
Not sure I follow as isPathSelected() method takes a TreePath object as parameter.  This is an object equality issue.  The objects must equal -- this is not a string match.  Maybe I am missing something though.

Are you referring to this class:

Author Comment

ID: 22847267
Yes, it is the correct class.
In DefaultTreeCellRendererl.getTreeCellRendererComponent(JTree tree, ....)
I call
TreePath path = tree.getPathForRow(row);
then call

If I call
It will return be a String
(java.lang.String) root

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Expert Comment

by:Kevin Cross
ID: 22847286
The isPathSelected will tell you true or false if the TreePath you pass it is the currently selected one.
boolean pathSelected = selectionModel.isPathSelected(path);
if (pathSelected) {
   // do something

If your intent is to set the TreePath as selected path, then you must use:

Hope that helps.
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Author Comment

ID: 22847375
I understand that part. My question was that if i call
boolean pathSelected = selectionModel.isPathSelected(path);

pathSelected is true even though when I call
where newpath is [root, top]
and path is  [root, TOP]

The difference in case makes the pathselected false
Is there a way to make it case insensitive?

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Accepted Solution

Kevin Cross earned 500 total points
ID: 22847505
There is probably an easy way, but I don't know what it is sorry.

This is the crazy idea rattling around in my head, but not sure if you can even use customized TreePath objects, especially for your particular situation but this is what I am thinking to make the path comparison case insensitive.

private class MyTreePath extends TreePath {
		private static final long serialVersionUID = 1174436545852519074L;
		public boolean equals(Object o) {
			if (super.equals(o)) return true;
			if (o instanceof TreePath) {
				Object[] oPath = ((TreePath)o).getPath();
				Object[] iPath = this.getPath();
				if (oPath.length == iPath.length) {
					for (int i=0; i < iPath.length; i++) {
						if (!iPath[i].toString().equalsIgnoreCase(oPath.toString())) return false;
					return true;
			return false;

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Expert Comment

by:Kevin Cross
ID: 22847510
Had it as private inner class, so you can remove the private modifier on the class definition.  Left over code.

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