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package org.apache.commons.configuration.event;

 * <p>
 * An event class that is used for reporting errors that occurred while
 * processing configuration properties.
 * </p>
 * <p>
 * Some configuration implementations (e.g.
 * <code>{@link org.apache.commons.configuration.DatabaseConfiguration}</code>
 * or <code>{@link org.apache.commons.configuration.JNDIConfiguration}</code>
 * use an underlying storage that can throw an exception on each property
 * access. In earlier versions of this library such exceptions were logged and
 * then silently ignored. This makes it impossible for a client to find out that
 * something went wrong.
 * </p>
 * <p>
 * To give clients better control over the handling of errors that occur during
 * access of a configuration object a new event listener mechanism specific for
 * exceptions is introduced: Clients can register itself at a configuration
 * object as an <em>error listener</em> and are then notified about all
 * internal errors related to the source configuration object.
 * </p>
 * <p>
 * By inheriting from <code>ConfigurationEvent</code> this event class
 * supports all properties that describe an operation on a configuration
 * instance. In addition a <code>Throwable</code> object is available
 * representing the occurred error. The event's type determines the operation
 * that caused the error. Note that depending on the event type and the occurred
 * exception not all of the other properties (e.g. name of the affected property
 * or its value) may be available.
 * </p>
 * @author <a
 * href="">Commons
 * Configuration team</a>
 * @version $Id: 561230 2007-07-31 04:17:09Z rahul $
 * @since 1.4
 * @see ConfigurationEvent
public class ConfigurationErrorEvent extends ConfigurationEvent
     * The serial version UID.
    private static final long serialVersionUID = -7433184493062648409L;

    /** Stores the exception that caused this event. */
    private Throwable cause;

     * Creates a new instance of <code>ConfigurationErrorEvent</code> and
     * initializes it.
     * @param source the event source
     * @param type the event's type
     * @param propertyName the name of the affected property
     * @param propertyValue the value of the affected property
     * @param cause the exception object that caused this event
    public ConfigurationErrorEvent(Object source, int type,
            String propertyName, Object propertyValue, Throwable cause)
        super(source, type, propertyName, propertyValue, true);
        this.cause = cause;

     * Returns the cause of this error event. This is the <code>Throwable</code>
     * object that caused this event to be fired.
     * @return the cause of this error event
    public Throwable getCause()
        return cause;
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