Class FieldMask

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public final class FieldMask extends GeneratedMessageLite<FieldMask,FieldMask.Builder> implements FieldMaskOrBuilder

FieldMask represents a set of symbolic field paths, for example: paths: "f.a" paths: "f.b.d" Here f represents a field in some root message, a and b fields in the message found in f, and d a field found in the message in f.b. Field masks are used to specify a subset of fields that should be returned by a get operation or modified by an update operation. Field masks also have a custom JSON encoding (see below).

Field Masks in Projections

When used in the context of a projection, a response message or sub-message is filtered by the API to only contain those fields as specified in the mask. For example, if the mask in the previous example is applied to a response message as follows: f { a : 22 b { d : 1 x : 2 } y : 13 } z: 8 The result will not contain specific values for fields x,y and z (their value will be set to the default, and omitted in proto text output): f { a : 22 b { d : 1 } } A repeated field is not allowed except at the last position of a paths string. If a FieldMask object is not present in a get operation, the operation applies to all fields (as if a FieldMask of all fields had been specified). Note that a field mask does not necessarily apply to the top-level response message. In case of a REST get operation, the field mask applies directly to the response, but in case of a REST list operation, the mask instead applies to each individual message in the returned resource list. In case of a REST custom method, other definitions may be used. Where the mask applies will be clearly documented together with its declaration in the API. In any case, the effect on the returned resource/resources is required behavior for APIs.

Field Masks in Update Operations

A field mask in update operations specifies which fields of the targeted resource are going to be updated. The API is required to only change the values of the fields as specified in the mask and leave the others untouched. If a resource is passed in to describe the updated values, the API ignores the values of all fields not covered by the mask. If a repeated field is specified for an update operation, new values will be appended to the existing repeated field in the target resource. Note that a repeated field is only allowed in the last position of a paths string. If a sub-message is specified in the last position of the field mask for an update operation, then new value will be merged into the existing sub-message in the target resource. For example, given the target message: f { b { d: 1 x: 2 } c: [1] } And an update message: f { b { d: 10 } c: [2] } then if the field mask is: paths: ["f.b", "f.c"] then the result will be: f { b { d: 10 x: 2 } c: [1, 2] } An implementation may provide options to override this default behavior for repeated and message fields. In order to reset a field's value to the default, the field must be in the mask and set to the default value in the provided resource. Hence, in order to reset all fields of a resource, provide a default instance of the resource and set all fields in the mask, or do not provide a mask as described below. If a field mask is not present on update, the operation applies to all fields (as if a field mask of all fields has been specified). Note that in the presence of schema evolution, this may mean that fields the client does not know and has therefore not filled into the request will be reset to their default. If this is unwanted behavior, a specific service may require a client to always specify a field mask, producing an error if not. As with get operations, the location of the resource which describes the updated values in the request message depends on the operation kind. In any case, the effect of the field mask is required to be honored by the API.

Considerations for HTTP REST

The HTTP kind of an update operation which uses a field mask must be set to PATCH instead of PUT in order to satisfy HTTP semantics (PUT must only be used for full updates).

JSON Encoding of Field Masks

In JSON, a field mask is encoded as a single string where paths are separated by a comma. Fields name in each path are converted to/from lower-camel naming conventions. As an example, consider the following message declarations: message Profile { User user = 1; Photo photo = 2; } message User { string display_name = 1; string address = 2; } In proto a field mask for Profile may look as such: mask { paths: "user.display_name" paths: "photo" } In JSON, the same mask is represented as below: { mask: "user.displayName,photo" }

Field Masks and Oneof Fields

Field masks treat fields in oneofs just as regular fields. Consider the following message: message SampleMessage { oneof test_oneof { string name = 4; SubMessage sub_message = 9; } } The field mask can be: mask { paths: "name" } Or: mask { paths: "sub_message" } Note that oneof type names ("test_oneof" in this case) cannot be used in paths.

Field Mask Verification

The implementation of any API method which has a FieldMask type field in the request should verify the included field paths, and return an INVALID_ARGUMENT error if any path is unmappable.

Protobuf type google.protobuf.FieldMask

Implements

FieldMaskOrBuilder

Static Fields

PATHS_FIELD_NUMBER

public static final int PATHS_FIELD_NUMBER
Field Value
TypeDescription
int

Static Methods

getDefaultInstance()

public static FieldMask getDefaultInstance()
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask

newBuilder()

public static FieldMask.Builder newBuilder()
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask.Builder

newBuilder(FieldMask prototype)

public static FieldMask.Builder newBuilder(FieldMask prototype)
Parameter
NameDescription
prototypeFieldMask
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask.Builder

parseDelimitedFrom(InputStream input)

public static FieldMask parseDelimitedFrom(InputStream input)
Parameter
NameDescription
inputInputStream
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
IOException

parseDelimitedFrom(InputStream input, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)

public static FieldMask parseDelimitedFrom(InputStream input, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)
Parameters
NameDescription
inputInputStream
extensionRegistryExtensionRegistryLite
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
IOException

parseFrom(byte[] data)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(byte[] data)
Parameter
NameDescription
databyte[]
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
InvalidProtocolBufferException

parseFrom(byte[] data, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(byte[] data, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)
Parameters
NameDescription
databyte[]
extensionRegistryExtensionRegistryLite
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
InvalidProtocolBufferException

parseFrom(ByteString data)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(ByteString data)
Parameter
NameDescription
dataByteString
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
InvalidProtocolBufferException

parseFrom(ByteString data, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(ByteString data, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)
Parameters
NameDescription
dataByteString
extensionRegistryExtensionRegistryLite
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
InvalidProtocolBufferException

parseFrom(CodedInputStream input)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(CodedInputStream input)
Parameter
NameDescription
inputCodedInputStream
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
IOException

parseFrom(CodedInputStream input, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(CodedInputStream input, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)
Parameters
NameDescription
inputCodedInputStream
extensionRegistryExtensionRegistryLite
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
IOException

parseFrom(InputStream input)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(InputStream input)
Parameter
NameDescription
inputInputStream
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
IOException

parseFrom(InputStream input, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(InputStream input, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)
Parameters
NameDescription
inputInputStream
extensionRegistryExtensionRegistryLite
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
IOException

parseFrom(ByteBuffer data)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(ByteBuffer data)
Parameter
NameDescription
dataByteBuffer
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
InvalidProtocolBufferException

parseFrom(ByteBuffer data, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)

public static FieldMask parseFrom(ByteBuffer data, ExtensionRegistryLite extensionRegistry)
Parameters
NameDescription
dataByteBuffer
extensionRegistryExtensionRegistryLite
Returns
TypeDescription
FieldMask
Exceptions
TypeDescription
InvalidProtocolBufferException

parser()

public static Parser<FieldMask> parser()
Returns
TypeDescription
Parser<FieldMask>

Methods

dynamicMethod(GeneratedMessageLite.MethodToInvoke method, Object arg0, Object arg1)

protected final Object dynamicMethod(GeneratedMessageLite.MethodToInvoke method, Object arg0, Object arg1)

A method that implements different types of operations described in MethodToInvoke. These different kinds of operations are required to implement message-level operations for builders in the runtime. This method bundles those operations to reduce the generated methods count.

  • NEW_INSTANCE returns a new instance of the protocol buffer that has not yet been made immutable. See MAKE_IMMUTABLE.
  • IS_INITIALIZED returns null for false and the default instance for true. It doesn't use or modify any memoized value.
  • GET_MEMOIZED_IS_INITIALIZED returns the memoized isInitialized byte value.
  • SET_MEMOIZED_IS_INITIALIZED sets the memoized isInitialized byte value to 1 if the first parameter is not null, or to 0 if the first parameter is null.
  • NEW_BUILDER returns a BuilderType instance.

This method, plus the implementation of the Builder, enables the Builder class to be proguarded away entirely on Android.

For use by generated code only.

Parameters
NameDescription
methodGeneratedMessageLite.MethodToInvoke
arg0Object
arg1Object
Returns
TypeDescription
Object
Overrides

getPaths(int index)

public String getPaths(int index)

The set of field mask paths.

repeated string paths = 1;

Parameter
NameDescription
indexint

The index of the element to return.

Returns
TypeDescription
String

The paths at the given index.

getPathsBytes(int index)

public ByteString getPathsBytes(int index)

The set of field mask paths.

repeated string paths = 1;

Parameter
NameDescription
indexint

The index of the value to return.

Returns
TypeDescription
ByteString

The bytes of the paths at the given index.

getPathsCount()

public int getPathsCount()

The set of field mask paths.

repeated string paths = 1;

Returns
TypeDescription
int

The count of paths.

getPathsList()

public List<String> getPathsList()

The set of field mask paths.

repeated string paths = 1;

Returns
TypeDescription
List<String>

A list containing the paths.