RFR: 8202583: Remove experimental ClassForNamePlugin

mandy chung mandy.chung at oracle.com
Mon May 7 16:45:37 UTC 2018

On 5/7/18 6:23 AM, Claes Redestad wrote:
> Hi,
> the --class-for-name jlink plugin was added as an experiment to test 
> and evolve the jlink plugin infrastructure. The actual effect of 
> enabling this plugin on standard images is very limited (only a 
> handful of Class.forName:s are replaced) and turns out it can be a 
> breaking change since replacing a Class.forName isn't semantically 
> identical with an ldc of the class (the latter won't trigger class 
> initialization).
> Thus, since this plugin isn't very profitable and potentially 
> dangerous, I suggest removing it: 
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~redestad/8202583/open.00/


> An open question is whether a CSR is required to remove this.

This is an experimental and unsupported plugin.  I agree with Alan that 
no CSR is needed for this change.


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