Does Java 7 port support the apple.awt-use-dialog-packages system property

Paul Taylor paul_t100 at
Fri Oct 18 02:51:51 PDT 2013

On 17/10/2013 22:34, Sergey Bylokhov wrote:
> On 18.10.2013 0:31, Paul Taylor wrote:
>> Oh drat, shame as the similar "apple.awt.fileDialogForDirectories" 
>> was added, having said that when I use this in another project it was 
>> with an early access release of 1.7.0_40 , now with the final release 
>> although I can select folders as required , I can also select files I 
>> thought they were hidden or greyed out, or is my memory failing me.
> The possibility to select files in this mode is a bug, and it was 
> fixed in jdk 8
Thanks, but with Java 8 not being released until March 2014 is there no 
chance of it being fixed in Java 7 ?

Ive tries to submit a bug report three times now and each time it fails 
at the end, and yes I do view it as a bug not an rfe because its a 
regression from java 6. At least the last time I kept the bug report 
information in a text file so I post here in case anyone can do anything 
with it

Java 7 on Mac no longer supports apple.awt.use-file-dialog-packages property

OSX 10.8
Darwin macbook.local 12.4.0 Darwin Kernel Version 12.4.0: Wed May  1 
17:57:12 PDT 2013; root:xnu-2050.24.15~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64

java version "1.7.0_40"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_40-b43)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.0-b56, mixed mode)

In Java 6 on OSX the apple.awt.use-file-dialog-packages property is used 
by FIleDialog to display application bundles as leaf node rather than a 
folder (which is what they actually are). This allows an application to 
create a dialog that lets the user pick a bundle as an application i.e 
to let them configure their browser or Texteditor.

This option is no longer available

I no longer have that installed but this worked with Apples version of Java

Create a FileDialog
Navigate to the /Applications folder

Applications are listed and cannot be expanded, the same behaviour as 
using a Finder window

Use of the the property can be seen in ApplicationDialog within this 

The problem is that this issue makes it difficult to update my 
application to use Java 7 rather than Java 6 as we are being advised to 
do because it degrades the functionality of my application

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