I am using ol.format.WFS.writeTransaction() (OL3.5) to generate WFS-T statements. This works well for insert and delete. The problem is with the update statement.

Any update statement returns following exception from GeoServer:

<ows:Exception exceptionCode="NoApplicableCode">
<ows:ExceptionText>java.lang.StringIndexOutOfBoundsException: String index out of range: -1 String index out of range: -1</ows:ExceptionText>

Edits via QGIS work as expected.

This is an example POST generated by OL3.5

<Transaction xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/wfs" service="WFS" version="1.1.0" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.opengis.net/wfs http://schemas.opengis.net/wfs/1.1.0/wfs.xsd" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
  <Update typeName="feature:playa_poly_noattribute" xmlns:feature="http://argeomatica.com">
        <Polygon xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/gml">
              <posList>-9693072.420357607 2347961.5151853375 -9693316.43121855 2347628.7731022364 -9692822.071552228 2347365.748407976 -9692555.877885746 2347758.700963257 -9692555.877885746 2347758.700963257 -9692737.951605482 2347825.076779921 -9692893.214319186 2347748.042587353 -9693072.420357607 2347961.5151853375</posList>
   <Filter xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/ogc">
     <FeatureId fid="playa_poly_noattribute.1"></FeatureId>

This is because boundedBy / bbox is a property that OpenLayers creates when parsing the GML, it is not a real feature property. So when you update, you should clone the feature and get rid of it. Some example code:

// do a WFS transaction to update the geometry
var properties = feature.getProperties();
// get rid of bbox which is not a real property
delete properties.bbox;
var clone = new ol.Feature(properties);

If you need more example code, here is the code we use in the OpenGeo Suite SDK for WFS-T: https://github.com/boundlessgeo/suite/blob/master/sdk/src/main/resources/client/ol3-common/app/TransactionHandler.js#L105:L110

  • Thanks Bart. That makes complete sense to me. I will only get to test this on Monday but I am sure that this will work. I will also have a read through the SDK code for future reference. I already used your excellent guide on the Boundless website to get started with WFS-T editing. Maybe you can add a quick note in regard to this issue in the section on updates. – Dennis Bauszus May 23 '15 at 18:29
  • Hi Bart, I just got around to test this. Works like a treat. Thanks again for your help. – Dennis Bauszus May 25 '15 at 16:46

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