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[ 06:13:16 glewis ] |
java Oracle's Java 6 virtual machine release under the GPL v2
. Fix the look up of time zone data when TZUPDATE is turned on and as a
result turn it on by default again. This change bears a little more
In UnixFileSystem.java there is a cache of canonical paths and in
particular one for paths inside java.home. The problem with looking
up time zone data is that if another path within java.home has been
looked up then the symlink for the time zone data is not resolved
(since the cache assumes there are no symlinks in java.home) and we fail
to be able to open the ZoneInfoMapping file.
One of the other features in UnixFileSystem is that the cache is not
consulted and full resolution occurs for paths containing "." or "..".
I've chosen to (ab)use this to force resolution of the time zone data
directory in ZoneInfoFile.java rather than doing something like IcedTea
did which was to introduce a tz.properties file where they would stash
the time zone info directory rather than symlinking it in. For full
reference that patch is here:
There are two main reasons I chose a bit of a hack rather than something
1. I want to apply the patch to non-GPL'ed code (e.g. the jdk16 port).
2. Using updated time zone data is only an option in the port and using
something like tz.properties when the option is off is clunky.
Thanks to avg@ for sleuth work on finding the bug write up and the
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