More Java guidelines questions
a.badger at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 15:14:23 UTC 2008
Andrew Haley wrote:
> Jerry James wrote:
>> I've just been looking at bug 262401  to see what I need to do to
>> update it to the new Java packaging guidelines. I have 2 new
>> questions about the guidelines.
>> First, the guidelines say that I must both Requires and Build-Requires
>> jpackage-utils. This bit of code needs nothing in jpackage-utils that
>> I can discern. It has no external dependencies, doesn't ship with any
>> binary blobs, etc. The guidelines say must, so I'll do it, but what
>> is the rationale?
>> Second, the GCJ guidelines say, "For Fedora versions < 8, no JDK was
>> available other than GCJ so GCJ AOT bits MUST be present." This
>> presents a problem for the package in question, because it consists of
>> annotations only. They are Java 1.5 annotations, so the GCJ in F7 can
>> produce the needed class files. But there is no actual code to
>> compile, so there is nothing for the GCJ AOT bits to do. Can an
>> exception be granted to annotation-only packages (not that there are
>> likely to be many of those)?
> Amazing -- I never even imagined that such a thing as an annotation-only
> package might exist! The guidelines are intended to allow reasonable
> people to interpret them sensibly. In this case, AOT-compiling wouldn't
> hurt but wouldn't be of much benefit, so I don't think it matters.
Andrew, if you could propose some wording changes to the Guidelines for
this it would be most appreciated. Knowing what an annotation is and
that this is a sensible tactic will help reviewers who are unfamiliar
with java to review packages of interest to all.
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