question about

David M. Lloyd david.lloyd at
Fri May 16 19:46:48 UTC 2014

On 05/16/2014 02:38 PM, Alex Buckley wrote:
> Hi Vicente,
> On 5/16/2014 10:11 AM, Vicente-Arturo Romero-Zaldivar wrote:
>> Regarding the bug report in the subject. I initially considered it a bug
>> but now I'm wondering about the meaning of a final flag in a bridge
>> method. Also I didn't find in the spec a reference saying what flags can
>> be applied to bridge methods. For example can a bridge method be
>> strictfp too?
> As David indicated, there is no "problem" with a bridge method being
> marked final (or strictfp) in the class file. It's syntactically legal
> (access_flags allows it) and semantically level (you can meaningfully
> have a bridge method that is not overrideable).
> My concern is with unforeseen consequences at the language level. Today
> it is possible to override a bridge method - yes, it's almost certainly
> accidental, but if we start making some bridge methods final then some
> programs are going to break. But, the number of such programs will be
> low, and arguably they never deserved to compile. So, I would go ahead
> with the bug fix.

Not to mention any program which is relying on finality as a security 


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