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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: Multiple Class-Path in MANIFEST.MF (PRs 4683 and 21170)
Date Mon, 30 Jun 2003 17:20:46 GMT
Stefan Bodewig wrote:
> Hi,
> PR 21170 showns to rather unrelated problems AFAIU, but I'd like some
> feedback - especially since Magesh and Conor have been through part of
> this for PR 4683 already.
> Problem 1 seems to be that the MANIFEST spec says that attributes
> cannot be repeated in one section while other specs say that you could
> do that for the Class-Path attribute in the main section.  It seems
> that JDK 1.4.2 now emits warnings for duplicate attribute names, and
> these warnings include the Class-Path attribute.
> I don't see a solution apart from an attribute (mergeclasspath?) to
> control the behavior for the Class-Path attribute.  If set to true
> multiple Class-Path attributes would get folded into one - making JDK
> 1.4.2 happy.  For backwards compatibility its value would need to be
> false even though java.util.jar.Manifest will ignore all but the first
> entry, or so it seems.

we could always complain to Sun that they have just broken a lot of 
programs and are inconsistent with their docs

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