Time to retire System.runFinalizersOnExit?
Alan.Bateman at oracle.com
Wed Jan 28 15:07:33 UTC 2015
On 27/01/2015 04:37, Mandy Chung wrote:
> System.runFinalizationOnExit has been deprecated since 1998 (JDK 1.2)
> and this method is inherently unsafe. I am thinking to propose this
> in JDK 9 to throw UnsupportedOperationException.
> I believe it's rare for existing applications using
> My analysis on Maven Central ~315K artifacts that show about ~15 unique
> artifacts calling System.runFinalizationOnExit while they all come from
> only 5 classes.
> Any thought/feedback?
It's broken in other ways beyond what is in the @deprecated note so I
don't think it's much of a loss to finally disable it. I don't know if
you have come up with candidate wording to replace the existing wording
but having it reference the shutdown hooks and the ref API might be useful.
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