Review request: JDK-6519127 Vista: user.home property not set correctly

Alexey Utkin alexey.utkin at
Tue Jan 22 11:52:00 UTC 2013

Ok. Alan and Anthony,
would you like to be faster and follow optimistic strategy, that is 
described here:

flags for the |fix?


On 22.01.2013 15:14, Anthony Petrov wrote:
> On 1/22/2013 13:48, Alexey Utkin wrote:
>>> One thing on SHGetKnownFolderPath is that you specify KF_FLAG_CREATE 
>>> and I'm not sure if that is right because we don't want the JDK 
>>> creating the user's directory if it doesn't exist.
>> That is a corner case. In the latest versions of OS, MS is trying to 
>> follow "lazy" strategy in everything. Nothing is been instantiating 
>> before the first use. But Java needs the home folder.
>> So, we have the right to request the creation. That is OS solution to 
>> accept or decline the request.
> I agree with Alan. Java shouldn't forcibly create the user directory 
> if it doesn't exist yet. I suggest to pass 0 (zero) as the dwFlags 
> argument to ::SHGetKnownFolderPath(). The same applies to a call to 
> the ::SHGetFolderPathW(). getHomeFromShell32() may return NULL, so let 
> it do so if no user directory exists.
> -- 
> best regards,
> Anthony

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