HTML Agility Pack Null Reference

c# html-agility-pack

Question

I've got some trouble with the HTML Agility Pack.

I get a null reference exception when I use this method on HTML not containing the specific node. It worked at first, but then it stopped working. This is only a snippet and there are about 10 more foreach loops that selects different nodes.

What am I doing wrong?

public string Export(string html)
{
    var doc = new HtmlDocument();
    doc.LoadHtml(html);
    // exception gets thrown on below line
    foreach (var repeater in doc.DocumentNode.SelectNodes("//table[@class='mceRepeater']"))
    {
        if (repeater != null)
        {
            repeater.Name = "editor:repeater";
            repeater.Attributes.RemoveAll();
        }
    }

    var sw = new StringWriter();
    doc.Save(sw);
    sw.Flush();

    return sw.ToString();
}

Accepted Answer

AFAIK, DocumentNode.SelectNodes could return null if no nodes found.

This is default behaviour, see a discussion thread on codeplex: Why DocumentNode.SelectNodes returns null

So the workaround could be in rewriting the foreach block:

var repeaters = doc.DocumentNode.SelectNodes("//table[@class='mceRepeater']");
if (repeaters != null)
{
    foreach (var repeater in repeaters)
    {
        if (repeater != null)
        {
            repeater.Name = "editor:repeater";
            repeater.Attributes.RemoveAll();
        }
    }
}

Popular Answer

This has been updated, and you can now prevent SelectNodes from returning null by setting doc.OptionEmptyCollection = true, as detailed in this github issue.

This will make it return an empty collection instead of null if there are no nodes which match the query (I'm not sure why this wasn't the default behaviour to begin with, though)




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