Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at Sun.COM
Tue Jun 30 18:28:49 UTC 2009

Martin Buchholz wrote:
> :
> As you suggested, I added the Classpath exception wording
> to TimSort.java and ComparableTimSort.java.
> I excised the old mergesort code from Arrays.java.
> webrev regenerated.
Thanks for doing this.
> Adding all-or-nothing wording would be good to add,
> perhaps to the class-level javadoc.  But it doesn't
> have to be part of this change.
I brought it up because it looks like (and you can correct me) that the 
IAE may be thrown after some reordering of the array has taken place. 
This might be unexpected.

> The JDK project has unusually high compatibility concerns.
> I and Josh believe the introduction of a possible IAE if the
> comparator doesn't satisfy its contract is the right thing,
> but we'd also be willing to change the code to swallow the IAE
> or to do so conditionally based on the value of a system property.
> Keep in mind that a call to foreign code can throw any throwable at all,
> so a rogue comparator can cause arbitrary behavior even today.
I think most people would agree that that catching these 
otherwise-silent failures is a good thing. The problem is the customer 
that upgrades the JDK on a production system and gets burnt by some 
broken third party code that "used" to work. Having some way to restore 
existing behavior would make this an easier sell. The suggestion from 
Jason to change it to an assertion might be worth thinking about too but 
I suspect that few developers test with assertions enabled.


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