Backport of the "missing clinit attribute" javac error to 1.7?

Joel Borggren-Franck joel.franck at
Fri Oct 24 08:41:24 UTC 2014

Hi Dawid,

Sorry for the delay, can you post a reproducer? It would be interesting
to see the declaration of Foo and MyAnnotation.


On 2014-10-07, Dawid Weiss wrote:
> Hello compiler folks!
> I've encountered the (known and resolved in 1.8) problem with javac
> failing on annotations with static final fields requiring complex
> initialization. The failure manifests itself on the latest 1.7 with
> (edited):
> [ERROR] /.../[186,17] annotation foo.MyAnnotation is
> missing value for the attribute <clinit>
> This seems to be:
> Are there any chances of backporting this patch to 1.7? ECJ compiles
> such code without a glitch and so does 1.8 javac, of course.
> Dawid

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