Sodium Platform Upgrade

This document describes the steps to help users upgrade to the Sodium planned platform. Refer to Managed Release Integrated (MRI) project for more information.


Version Bump

Before performing platform upgrade, do the following to bump the odlparent versions (for example, bump-odl-version):

  1. Update the odlparent version from 4.0.9 to 5.0.0. There should not be any reference to org.opendaylight.odlparent, except for other 5.0.0, including the custom feature.xml template (src/main/feature/feature.xml). The version range there should be “[5,6)” instead of “[4,5]”, “[4.0.5,5]” or any other variation.
bump-odl-version: bump-odl-version odlparent 4.0.9 5.0.0
  1. Update the direct yangtools version references from 2.1.8 to 3.0.0. There should not be any reference to org.opendaylight.yangtools, except for 3.0.0, including the custom feature.xml templates (src/main/feature/feature.xml). The version range there should be “[3,4)” instead of “[2.1,3).”
  2. Update the MDSAL version from 3.0.6 to 4.0.0. There should not be any reference to org.opendaylight.mdsal, except for 4.0.0.
rpl -R 3.0.6 4.0.0

Dependent Projects

Before performing platform upgrade, users must also install any dependent project. To locally install a dependent project, pull and install the respective sodium-mri changes for any dependent project. At the minimum, pull and install controller, AAA and NETCONF.

Perform the following steps to save time when locally installing any dependent project:

  • For quick install:
mvn -Pq clean install
  • If previously installed, go offline and/or use the no-snapshot-update option.
mvn -Pq -o -nsu clean install

Upgrade the ODL Parent

The following sub-section describes how to upgrade to the ODL Parent version 5. Refer to the ODL Parent Release Notes for more information.


The following features are required to be replaced:

  • Change any version range referencing version 4 of ODL Parent to “[5,6]” for ODL Parent 5, for example:
<feature name="odl-infrautils-caches">
     <feature version="[5,6)">odl-guava</feature>

JSR305 (javax.annotation.Nullable and friends)

JSR305 annotations are no longer pulled into a project by default. Users have the option of migrating annotations to JDT (@Nullable et al), Checker Framework (@GuardedBy), SpotBugs (@CheckReturnValue) or by simply pulling in the JSR305 dependency into a project by adding the following to each pom.xml the use these annotations.:



The findbugs-maven-plugin is no longer supported by odlparent, so upgrade to the spotbugs by changing the following:




JUnit 4.11 and Hamcrest 2.1

Before declaring dependencies on Hamcrest, make sure to update the order of Junit and Hamcrest references to match the required order Alternatively, remove the declarations completely, since odlparent provides them by default (at scope=test).


An unfortunate interaction exists between powermock-2.0.0 and mockito-2.25.0 where the latter requires a newer byte-buddy library. This leads to an odd exception when powermock tests are run. For example:

13:15:50 Underlying exception : java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Could not create type
13:15:50     at org.opendaylight.genius.itm.tests.ItmTestModule.configureBindings(
13:15:50     at org.opendaylight.infrautils.inject.guice.testutils.AbstractGuiceJsr250Module.checkedConfigure(
13:15:50     at org.opendaylight.infrautils.inject.guice.testutils.AbstractCheckedModule.configure(
13:15:50     ... 27 more
13:15:50 Caused by: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Could not create type
13:15:50     at net.bytebuddy.TypeCache.findOrInsert(
13:15:50     at net.bytebuddy.TypeCache$WithInlineExpunction.findOrInsert(
13:15:50     at net.bytebuddy.TypeCache.findOrInsert(
13:15:50     at net.bytebuddy.TypeCache$WithInlineExpunction.findOrInsert(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.creation.bytebuddy.TypeCachingBytecodeGenerator.mockClass(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.creation.bytebuddy.SubclassByteBuddyMockMaker.createMockType(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.creation.bytebuddy.SubclassByteBuddyMockMaker.createMock(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.creation.bytebuddy.ByteBuddyMockMaker.createMock(
13:15:50     at org.powermock.api.mockito.mockmaker.PowerMockMaker.createMock(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.util.MockUtil.createMock(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.MockitoCore.mock(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.Mockito.mock(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.Mockito.mock(
13:15:50     ... 30 more
13:15:50 Caused by: java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: net.bytebuddy.dynamic.loading.MultipleParentClassLoader$Builder.appendMostSpecific(Ljava/util/Collection;)Lnet/bytebuddy/dynamic/loading/MultipleParentClassLoader$Builder;
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.creation.bytebuddy.SubclassBytecodeGenerator.mockClass(
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.creation.bytebuddy.TypeCachingBytecodeGenerator$
13:15:50     at org.mockito.internal.creation.bytebuddy.TypeCachingBytecodeGenerator$
13:15:50     at net.bytebuddy.TypeCache.findOrInsert(
13:15:50     ... 42 more

The solution is to declare a dependency on mockito-core before the powermock dependency. For example:



The default configuration of blueprint-maven-plugin was tightened to only consider classes within ${project.groupId}. For classes outside of an assigned namespace, such as netconf has in org.opendaylight.restconf (instead of org.opendaylight.netconf), users must override this configuration:



The Default configuration of javadoc-maven-plugin was updated. Now, the javadoc generation defaults to HTML5 when built with JDK9+. This can result in a javadoc failures. for example:

/w/workspace/autorelease-release-sodium-mvn35-openjdk11/openflowplugin/extension/openflowplugin-extension-api/src/main/java/org/opendaylight/openflowplugin/extension/api/ error: tag not supported in the generated HTML version: tt
 * @param data expected to match <T extends Augmentable<T>>

To fix this, there are the following two options:

  • Fix the Javadoc. This is preferred, since it is simple to do.
  • Add an override for an artifact by creating (and committing to git) an empty file named “odl-javadoc-html5-optout” in an artifact’s root directory (that is, where its pom.xml is located).

YANG Tools Impacts

YANG Parser

To comply with RFC7950, the default YANG parser configuration validates the following construct. This is not a random XPath, and the prefixes must be validly imported.

leaf foo {
    type leafref {
        path "/foo:bar";

Other Changes

Beside from the above issue, the following bugs, enhancements and features were delivered to Sodium Simultaneous Release.

MD-SAL Impacts

Empty-type Mapping

Java mapping for “type empty” construct was changed to the following:

leaf foo {
    type empty;

Changed from:

java.lang.Boolean isFoo();


org.opendaylight.yangtools.yang.common.Empty getFoo();

In addition, code interacting with these models must be be updated to the following: ProtocolUtile.

DataContainer.getImplementedInterface() Renamed

The DataContainer.getImplementedInterface() method was renamed to just implementedInterface(). In addition, it is now correctly type-narrowed in generated interfaces, which also provides a default implementation. When implementing a type registry, update the references to point to this new implementedInterface() method.

For hand-crafting interfaces or providing mock implementations, provide a proper implementedInterface() implementation such as this one.

DataContainer.implementedInterface() is type-narrowed in DataObjects

The replacement for getImplementedInterface(), implementedInterface() was narrowed when generated intermediate interfaces. This allows groupings to provide a default implementation in container-like interfaces. For example:

public interface Grp
     Class<? extends Grp> implementedInterface();

The users are like this:

public interface Cont
     default Class<Cont> implementedInterface() {
         return Cont.class;

The preceding command works, but unfortunately was seen to trigger a Javac bug (or something forbidden by JLS, the information is not available nor digestible), where the following construct involving two unrelated groupings fails to compile:

<T extends Grp1 & Grp2> void doSomething(Builder<T>);

The intent is to say, “require a Builder of a type T, which extends both Grp1 and Grp2”. It seems javac (tested with JDK8, JDK11) internally performs the equivalent of the following, which fails to compile (with the same error as javac reports in the <T ..> case), since T must do the equivalent of what Cont does; narrow implementedInterface() to solve the ambiguity. That is not a reason to not allow it. For example, Eclipse (that is, JDT compiler) will accept this construct without any issues.

interface T extends Grp1, Grp2 {

MD-SAL PingPongDataBroker Does Not Separate

Both binding and DOM definitions of DataBroker was updated to include a createMergingTransactionChain() method, which integrates the functionality formerly provided by the odl:type=”pingpong” data broker instance. In addition, the downstream will need to update to use the default instance to create the appropriate transaction chain manually. Note this impacts only the org.opendaylight.mdsal interfaces, not just the org.opendaylight.controller.

An example of changes can be found AppPeerBenchmark and bgp-app-peer. Note the same broker can be used both ways; thus, the proper place to change the createTransactionChain() call must be updated.