Spec mailing lists

Doug Lea dl at cs.oswego.edu
Sat Aug 2 11:51:03 UTC 2014

On 07/31/2014 06:33 PM, Alex Buckley wrote:
> Jon,
> Readers of The Java Language Specification and The JVM Specification can
> presently send feedback about errors, omissions, and ambiguities in each spec to
> jls-comments_ww at oracle.com and jvms-comments_ww at oracle.com.
> While this is a useful alternative to filing spec bugs at bugs.java.com, it is
> still rather unsatisfactory because the addresses go to private mailboxes. This
> makes it difficult for engineers to discuss the feedback, and there is no public
> archive.
> I would like to request that the Compiler Group sponsors a mailing list:
>    jls-jvms-spec-comments at openjdk.java.net
> where anyone can send feedback about either spec, and where Oracle engineers who
> maintain the specs can discuss the best course of action. Some particulars:

This all sounds good, although it would be nice to also regularize
a "transition plan" for efforts (for example, the upcoming memory model
updates; JDK8 lambdas) that result in spec updates. Probably nothing
special beyond saying that upon integration of specs, follow-ups
go here?


> 1. Anyone can post to the list without subscribing. All posts will be held for
> moderation. An on-topic post might, say, claim that a rule in the JLS performs
> an incomplete case analysis, or note a problem with the files at
> http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/. An off-topic post, such as a proposal for
> a new Java language feature, would be discarded.
> 2. The initial subscribers will be myself and Dan Smith. Where we use the list
> to discuss a piece of feedback, we will cc the original poster.
> 3. The list will be licensed under comment-and-evaluation terms, and publicly
> archived at http://mail.openjdk.java.net/mailman/listinfo.
> 4. The list is preferred to various JSR lists that were used to specify Java SE
> 8 and are still occasionally used to raise spec issues (eventually they will be
> disabled) :
>    lambda-spec-{experts,observers,comments}
>    type-annotations-spec-{experts,observers,comments}
>    enhanced-metadata-spec-discuss
> Alex

More information about the compiler-dev mailing list