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Serverless workflow: actionDataFilter failed to merge nested objects

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Describe the bug

Below is my action and the actionDataFilter ${ .collections.test } didn’t work and it only gave me an output like { "test": "sth" }.

    "name": "test",
    "type": "operation",
    "actions": [{
            "name": "Collect Inputs",
            "functionRef": {
                "refName": "collect",
                "arguments": {
                    "stepName": "test",
                    "stepVersion": "1.0.0",
                    "subject": "globefish",
                    "bucket": ".destination.bucket",
                    "prefix": ".destination.key",
                    "action": "input"
            "actionDataFilter": {
                "toStateData": "${ .collections.test }"
    "end": true

Expected behavior

The workflow should be { "collections": { "test": "sth" } }.

Actual behavior

{ "test": "sth" }

How to Reproduce?

  1. set actionDataFilter.toStateData with a nested path like a.b
  2. run the workflow
  3. Get the response

Output of uname -a or ver

Linux ubuntu #1 SMP Wed Nov 23 01:01:46 UTC 2022 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Output of java -version

openjdk version “17.0.5” 2022-10-18 OpenJDK Runtime Environment Temurin-17.0.5+8 (build 17.0.5+8) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM Temurin-17.0.5+8 (build 17.0.5+8, mixed mode, sharing)

GraalVM version (if different from Java)

No response

Kogito version or git rev (or at least Quarkus version if you are using Kogito via Quarkus platform BOM)

Quarkus 2.14.3.Final

Build tool (ie. output of mvnw --version or gradlew --version)

Apache Maven 3.8.6 (84538c9988a25aec085021c365c560670ad80f63) Maven home: /home/littlefox/.m2/wrapper/dists/apache-maven-3.8.6-bin/67568434/apache-maven-3.8.6 Java version: 17.0.5, vendor: Eclipse Adoptium, runtime: /usr/lib/jvm/temurin-17-jdk-amd64 Default locale: en, platform encoding: UTF-8 OS name: “linux”, version: “”, arch: “amd64”, family: “unix”

Additional information

No response

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 9 months ago
  • Comments:11 (7 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

fjtiradocommented, Dec 14, 2022

It is the “same” issue (different perceiverd result, but same underlying issue) , toStateData is using b to merge and ignoring a (so mergde b object, containing initial m plus function returned greeting is now in two places, under root and under a)
Use results instead of toStateData. So results looks like “${a:{b:{greeting : .greeting}}}” and there is no toStateData. Im going to modify toStateData to behave properly, but till then, use results (which can do esentially the same than toStateData)

fjtiradocommented, Dec 13, 2022

Another point that is not clearly set by the spec is what happens is your data is an array and there is already an array in collection.tests, how do you merge them? In Kogito we decided to not merge arrays and replace the value, if existing ( think of merging [1,2,3,4] and [5,4,3,2,1], which will be the expected result?

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