JDK-8124977: deadlock between engineers? (cmdline encoding challenges on Windows)

Anthony Vanelverdinghe anthonyv.be at outlook.com
Wed Sep 12 17:29:38 UTC 2018


What is the status of this issue [1]? It addresses some long-standing issues with Java's Unicode support on Windows and was contributed by a team of Microsoft engineers. However, it seems to have gone dormant right before the finish line, and I can't really figure out who's waiting for whom at this point.

A little reconstruction from what I could find:
In January 2015, Martin Sawicki made the initial proposal to address the cmdline encoding challenges on Windows [2]
>From June to September, there were ongoing discussions [3][4][5][6]
In November, this was shortly picked up again by the Oracle engineers [7]
In January 2016, after a ping by a Microsoft engineer, the discussions restarted [8]
In February 2016, the patch seemed nearly ready for integration, with an Oracle engineer asking whom to mention as contributors etc. [9]
Since then, I was unable to find any messages related to this issue

(Personally, I would love to see this issue progress, in order to be able to associate Java programs with file extensions on Windows. This is currently problematic, since a file containing Unicode characters will not get passed correctly as an argument to the Java program)

Kind regards,

[1] https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8124977
[2] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2015-January/031068.html
[3] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2015-June/034226.html
[4] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2015-July/034488.html
[5] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2015-August/034838.html
[6] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2015-September/035466.html
[7] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2015-November/036769.html
[8] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2016-January/037927.html
[9] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/core-libs-dev/2016-February/039013.html

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