RFR: JDK-8198303 - jdk11+1 was build with incorrect GA date as 2018-03-20

joe darcy joe.darcy at oracle.com
Thu Feb 22 01:47:49 UTC 2018

On 2/21/2018 12:54 PM, Martin Buchholz wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 11:09 PM, Abhijit Saha <abhi.saha at oracle.com> wrote:
>> It's a retroactive review request. Fix has been integrated after reviewed
>> internally.
>> jdk11+1 (first build of jdk11) was promoted with incorrect Release Date.
>> Need to be updated with correct GA date as per internal release roadmap.
> Where are my shiny jdk11+1 binaries for download ?!
> It would be nice if version information was always correct, which would
> mean part of the checklist of creating a release repo would be setting the
> release date of jdk/jdk/ 6 months later and marking it "ea" and updating
> the version to self-identify as java N+1.  jdk binaries built from jdk/jdk
> have been misidentifying themselves since the jdk 10 repo was created.

Certainly it would be preferable if the version update occurred sooner.

However, binaries build from jdk/jdk have been correctly identifying 
themselves as "JDK 11" since David Holmes pushed the fix for 8173401: 
"Update VERSION_FEATURE for JDK 11" on February 6, 2018.

There are about half a dozen distinct changes that need to occur for a 
full conceptual version update going from JDK N to JDK (N+1). Besides 
the actual version update, there are -source/-target changes to javac, 
minor API changes, etc.

Some of the changes made in JDK 11 b01 were done specifically to ease 
future version updates. This included hardening various tests against 
version updates. Since the version updates are happening more often now, 
there is more motivation to streamline the process (https://xkcd.com/1205/).


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