Review Request JDK-8228336: Refactor native library loading implementation

Mandy Chung mandy.chung at
Wed Mar 11 21:43:28 UTC 2020

On 3/11/20 10:25 AM, Daniel Fuchs wrote:
> Hi Mandy,
> On 11/03/2020 16:10, Alan Bateman wrote:
>>> I'm open to other suggestion.  This helper method avoids the call to 
>>> doPrivileged when security manager is enabled and I think it's okay 
>>> to add this helper method in package.
>> BootLoader defines methods to correspond to the methods defined by 
>> ClassLoader so I don't think the loadLibrary method was too bad. 
>> Moreover it was very clear when calling BootLoader.loadLibrary that 
>> it would attempt to load it from the system path. I don't object to 
>> putting this in but it doesn't feel. If it is 
>> moved but I think we'll need to find better names so it's clear in 
>> the 20+ places where it used (and also avoid the temptation to use it 
>> in the modules that aren't mapped to the boot loader).
> That's probably a stupid question but wouldn't it have been simpler to
> redefine BootLoader::loadLibrary(String) to call the new 
> LoadLibraryAction rather than removing the method altogether?

Thanks for the feedback.

I discussed further with Alan.   Other class and names are no better 
than BootLoader::loadLibrary.  We agree to keep that helper method as 
BootLoader::loadLibrary.  The changes due to the renaming is reverted.

Updated patch:


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