references to non-static types from annotations

Liam Miller-Cushon cushon at
Wed Apr 13 23:35:04 UTC 2016

Thanks for the explanation.

Would anyone be willing to file the bug? I'd still like to contribute a fix.

On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:29 AM, Alex Buckley <alex.buckley at>

> On 4/13/2016 11:12 AM, Liam Miller-Cushon wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 10:57 AM, Alex Buckley <alex.buckley at
>> <mailto:alex.buckley at>> wrote:
>>     I know what you mean, but the fact that I can write @A(Test.I.class)
>>     today means making it consistent would be a serious source
>>     incompatibility.
>> And I don't think it would be a significant incompatibility, for what
>> it's worth. I only found a single example of this in our codebase, and
>> ecj already rejects @A(I.class).
> A class-valued annotation element that refers to an inner class is
> relatively unusual, but there's no reason to restrict it when this is
> plainly a compiler scope bug (I versus Test.I).
> I should have noted earlier that an annotation is never in a static
> context per se -- only a statement or expression can be in a static
> context. Annotations are inherently "static" even when applied to clearly
> non-static source constructs such as the declaration of an instance
> variable in a top level class -- the annotation's elements are still on the
> hook to refer solely to "static things" (constant expressions, enum
> constants, and the special case of a class literal).
> Alex
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