<i18n dev> [PATCH FOR REVIEW] 6593486: RFE: support user-defined directory path to time zone data files

Masayoshi Okutsu masayoshi.okutsu at oracle.com
Thu May 12 00:39:53 PDT 2011

On 5/12/2011 5:07 AM, Omair Majid wrote:
> Hi,
> Andrew John Hughes<gnu_andrew at ...>  writes:
>> When distros update their timezone data, the data used by OpenJDK also
>> needs to be updated.  At present, this is difficult as OpenJDK uses a
>> hardcoded path (${java.home}/jre/lib/zi} for timezone data with no
>> option to override it.
>> A bug was filed for this issue back in 2007 and there was some
>> discussion on the mailing lists:
>> http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/i18n-dev/2007-August/000001.html
>> but no patch was committed.
>> I've updated the patch and provide a revised version in this webrev:
>> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~andrew/6593486/webrev.01/jdk.patch
>> Is it ok to commit this to swing-gate?
> Does anyone have any thoughts about this? We have been carrying this custom
> patch in IcedTea for a few years now. It would be great if other
> projects/platforms/architectures could make use of this.

Andrew and I discussed his patch proposal *and* an alternative way to do 
the same thing, use of a symlink (i.e., ${java.home}/jre/lib/zi -> 
/usr/share/javazi). IIRC, he was supposed to evaluate the symlink 
approach. But I don't think I've heard back from him.

I still prefer to use a symlink rather than introducing yet another 


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