Adding constant for line.separator and friends

Ulf Zibis Ulf.Zibis at
Wed Nov 11 22:57:54 UTC 2009

Am 11.11.2009 22:48, Martin Buchholz schrieb:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:46, Stephen Colebourne 
> <scolebourne at <mailto:scolebourne at>> wrote:
>     Martin Buchholz wrote:
>         On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 10:10, Ulf Zibis <Ulf.Zibis at
>         <mailto:Ulf.Zibis at> <mailto:Ulf.Zibis at
>         <mailto:Ulf.Zibis at>>> wrote:
>            At least, IMO, fileSeparator() and pathSeparator() would
>         belong to
>   or java.nio.file.FileSystem.
>         Those would have been better names,
>         but at this point they are not worth adding.
>     I don't follow - why are they not worth adding now? 
> Because already provides the functionality users need.
> Not in the best way - as fields instead of methods, and
> only the first char of the system property.  But it's not broken enough
> to be worth fixing by providing a slightly better API.

Sorry for not have checked that (misleaded by request from 
Weijun.Wang at Sun.COM 46 hours ago)

> IMO, of course.
>     Becuase they should have been in JDK 1.0? Because JDK 7 is about
>     to release? Some other reason? How and who is deciding?
> it's a hard problem, and one that Sun/JCP/OpenJDK still needs to address.

I know this problem, see:, 100092, 100095, 
100098, 1000104, 1000105, 1000107 and plenty patches from others.
Most of them not even just have sponsors :-(
Seems to be work for garbage. Only few externals have chance for 
contribution, mostly ex-employees from Sun.

> I guess right now folks are waiting for the Oracle acquisition.



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