TestContainers PostgreSQLContainer with Kotlin unit test: “Not enough information to infer type variable SELF”

Issue

I am trying to use PostgreSQLContainer from TestContainers (https://github.com/testcontainers/testcontainers-java + https://www.testcontainers.org/) in order to unit test my JPA repositories.

I declare my container like that:

private val postgresqlContainer  PostgreSQLContainer("postgres:12-alpine")

However, I encounter the following error, from Intellij IDE:

Not enough information to infer type variable SELF

The full error when I try to launch the service is:

Error:(26, 43) Kotlin: Type inference failed: Not enough information to infer parameter SELF in constructor PostgreSQLContainer!>(p0: String!) Please specify it explicitly.

Solution

TestContainers depends on construction of generic type C<Self extends C<SELF>>, but Kotlin don’t like that. My workaround was to define my own factory class:

class MyPostgreSQLContainer(imageName: String) : PostgreSQLContainer<MyPostgreSQLContainer>(imageName)

And I can use it like that:

private val postgresqlContainer  MyPostgreSQLContainer("postgres:12-alpine")

Answered By – veben

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