Null-terminated Unicode strings in on Windows

Krzysztof Żelechowski program.spe at
Tue Jan 22 07:35:59 UTC 2008

Dnia 21-01-2008, Pn o godzinie 23:57 +0100, Roman Kennke pisze:
> Hi,
> Am Montag, den 21.01.2008, 14:45 -0800 schrieb Tim Bell:
> > Alan Bateman wrote (about GetStringChars):
> > 
> > > [...] is length+1 and zero terminated. There is a long-standing bug to clarify the JNI specification on this topic. I believe it should say that the returned array of Unicode characters is not required to be zero terminated and that one should use GetStringLength to determine the length.
> > 
> > Roman Kennke wrote:
> > 
> > > So this is indeed a bug, right? Do you think it makes sense to go out and fix it?
> > 
> > I'd start here:
> > 
> >    4616318 Spec for JNI's GetStringChars() is incomplete
> >
> Hmm, I'm not talking about fixing the spec (I've read that bug report
> while searching for clarfication on the spec actually). When the spec
> doesn't tell _that_ the returned array is zero terminated, I think we
> should assume that it isn't (and it seems to be the trend that the spec
> should be clarfied by saying that an implementation isn't required to
> return a zero-terminated array, but this is only speculation). What I'm
> asking is, should we fix the C code to deal with
> non-zero-terminated jchar arrays? Unfortunately, this probably means
> allocating additional buffers, because we really need zero terminated
> strings here (AFAICS).

If the specification gets fixed so that GSC result MUST be z-term, 
your VM will cease being conformant 
so it will be fixed and no additional buffers will be needed. 


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