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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Early Access builds of JDK 8u112 b03, JDK 9 b128 are available on
Date Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:08:02 GMT
Hi all

some feedback from working on Apache Ant.

On 2016-07-22, Rory O'Donnell wrote:

> Early Access b127 <> (#5304) for JDK 9
> with Project Jigsaw is available on, summary of changes are
> listed here
> <>

thanks to Felix Yang's bug reports I've already fixed problems with
Ant's native2ascii and rmic tasks.

For <rmic> Ant was invoking sun.rmi.rmic.Main internally and this class
is no longer exported (and inside a module Ant wouldn't import
anyway). I'm a little bit worried that used in
<javac> and used in <javah> may
"disappear" in similar ways (or already have).

[aside: removing native2ascii from the JDK as people could use ther
build tools which in turn use the JDK tool still strikes me as a curious

I can successfully bootstrap Ant's master branch with the latest jigsaw
build and am down to three families of errors:

* rmic -Xnew doesn't work and fails with a strange error message. I know
  I've reported this before:

  rmic -vcompat -Xnew SomeClass

  results in

  | rmic: error - In doclet class sun.rmi.rmic.newrmic.Main,  method
  | optionLength not accessible
  | 1 error

  I think I've been told -Xnew had been removed before (and if so we
  need to adapt Ant), but there should be a better error message.

* some of the JAI tests fail, but I haven't had the time to really look
  into them, yet. JAI is not an area I felt confident in jumping in.

* Something has changed WRT date time parsing. Many of the <touch>
  invocations we use inside our tests fail (on my German locale system,
  in case this matters).

  We use

  DateFormat.getDateTimeInstance(DateFormat.SHORT, DateFormat.SHORT, Locale.US)

  and receive

  | java.text.ParseException: Unparseable date: "06/24/2003 2:20 pm"
  | at java.text.DateFormat.parse(java.base@9-ea/

  The same string is parsed without any problems on Java8 and earlier.



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