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Error programmatically getting approvals

Susan Hanson (1.6k2201194) | asked Mar 19 '13, 6:53 a.m.
I have some code that reads approvals programmatically.  Most of them I have issues with, but a couple I get an odd error:
java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: itemHandle must not be null and must not have a null state id (stateId: <unset>, itemId: [UUID _4TNJsCxDEd-osPt1oXgcDw], origin:, immutable: true)

I've looked at the actual defect approvals on the Approvals tab (in Eclipse client) and I see nothing odd or unique.  They have a person actually assigned as an approver and that person is a valid, unarchived person.

I'm not sure why these ones may be unique, so I thought I would ask.
Here is the code I am using. 
for (IWorkItem item : items) {
         IApprovals approvals = item.getApprovals(); //get the approvals
         List<IApproval> individualApprovals = approvals.getContents();  //get each approval
         for (IApproval approval : individualApprovals) {
              IApprovalDescriptor descrip = approval.getDescriptor();
              IContributorHandle owner = approval.getApprover();
              String userid = "unableToRetrieve";
              try {
                   IContributor ownerObject = rtcm.getContributorFromHandle(owner);
                   userid = ownerObject.getUserId();
             } catch (Exception e) {

The getContributorFromHandle() method calls this:
itemManager().fetchCompleteState(handle, monitor);

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Eric Jodet (6.3k5111120) | answered Mar 19 '13, 11:41 a.m.
 Hello Susan,
this article
might help you here.


Susan Hanson commented Mar 20 '13, 10:05 p.m.

I got a bit more  on this ... so out of about 100 work items, I get this error on exactly 4 of them.  These 4 I have verified the approval record WITH the actual approver exists (eclipse client).  I also didn't find any pattern .. the approvers were different people, the approval record added by different people on different days.

I removed each one and added the approvers back on, and the error seems to have gone away.  If it comes back, I'll try to get more investigation done.

Eric Jodet commented Mar 21 '13, 5:16 a.m.

 Hello Susan,

as we only have the first line of the stack, not sure which line in your code is failing and causing the IllegalArgumentException

May you please point it out?


Susan Hanson commented Mar 22 '13, 12:46 a.m.

A bit more info ..I hit a new error today, and asked for details on what the person used to actually create the approval record:
1) did you add this with web client or eclipse client?
Web client
2a) if web:  what browser level and on what OS?
Windows 7 64 bit v1.04.00, Firefox 19.0.2
2b) if eclipse client: what client level (from Help->About) and what OS

My code calls:
IContributor ownerObject = rtcm.getContributorFromHandle(owner);   //(RTCM is an RTC Manager which knows how to interact with RTC

The RTC Manager gets the itemManager and, passing in the "owner" handle from above, calls fetchCompleteState(), which is what throws the exception.
itemManager().fetchCompleteState(handle, monitor);

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