Manifest resolution order in multi-release jar

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Thu Oct 4 17:41:50 UTC 2018

On 04/10/2018 08:35, Luke Hutchison wrote:
> JEP 238 says "JAR metadata, such as that found in the MANIFEST.MF file 
> and the META-INF/services directory, need not be versioned." However, 
> if a manifest file is present in the base layer /and/ a version layer, 
> what are the correct semantics? e.g.
> Multi-Release: true
> X: 1
> Y: 2
> X: 3
The intention is that the META-INF directory cannot be versioned. I 
agree the JEP and the JarFile API spec isn't very clear on this point. 
The implementation does handle it correctly, meaning getJarEntry will 
locate the resource in top-level META-INF directory, not the versioned 
section. It will also not find resources that are only present in the 
META-INF directory of versioned sections.


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