The JDK 8u20 “Tap trap”

When switching MQTT.fx to JDK 8u20 I was nicked by the fix of RT-24658.
The fix definitely makes sense but may clash with my TabPaneDetacher approach.

In MQTT.fx the content of the Tabs is disabled as long the MQTT-Broker is not connected.
And I am using Property Bindings for this. E.g. in the PublishController “publishBox” is the root of the Publish-Tab content and it is bound to the brokerConnectedProperty():


This worked well until JDK 8u20 as now this leads into:

Exception in thread "JavaFX Application Thread" java.lang.RuntimeException: A bound value cannot be set.
at javafx.scene.Node.setDisable(

This is because each time when e.g. adding a Tab to a TabPane updateDisabled() is called to explicitly SET the disabled value of the content also:

 private void updateDisabled() {
        boolean disabled = isDisable() || (getTabPane() != null && getTabPane().isDisabled());

        // Fix for RT-24658 - content should be disabled if the tab is disabled
        Node content = getContent();
        if (content != null) {

Options to deal with this:
Quit using Binding here and use ChangeListener instead.
Or simply wrap the content root in another Pane.

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