RFR: 8173970: jar tool should have a way to extract to a directory

Jaikiran Pai jpai at openjdk.java.net
Wed Mar 31 13:40:09 UTC 2021

On Sat, 27 Mar 2021 16:02:55 GMT, Alan Bateman <alanb at openjdk.org> wrote:

>> Can I please get a review for this patch which proposes to implement the enhancement request noted in https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8173970?
>> The commit in this PR introduces the `-o` and `--output-dir` option to the `jar` command. The option takes a path to a destination directory as a value and extracts the contents of the jar into that directory. This is an optional option and the changes in the commit continue to maintain backward compatibility where the jar is extracted into current directory, if no `-o` or `--output-dir` option has been specified.
>> As far as I know, there hasn't been any discussion on what the name of this new option should be. I was initially thinking of using `-d` but that is currently used by the `jar` command for a different purpose. So I decided to use `-o` and `--output-dir`. This is of course open for change depending on any suggestions in this PR.
>> The commit in this PR also updates the `jar.properties` file which contains the English version of the jar command's `--help` output. However, no changes have been done to the internationalization files corresponding to this one (for example: `jar_de.properties`), because I don't know what process needs to be followed to have those files updated (if at all they need to be updated).
>> The commit also includes a jtreg testcase which verifies the usage of this new option.
> I think the summary is that we've converged on -C/--dir. We might have to tweak the usage message for -C so that it starts with the existing "Change to the specified directory ..." rather than changing it to start with the extract case.
> Are you, or Lance, going to create the CSR for this?

A CSR for this enhancement has now been created https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8264510


PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/2752

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