<i18n dev> RFR: 8223490: Optimize search algorithm for determining default time zone

Seán Coffey sean.coffey at oracle.com
Fri Sep 13 08:34:31 UTC 2019

Thanks for the review Roger. I run into compiler issues if I don't 
declare the new function in the header file.

error: implicit declaration of function ‘isFileIdentical’ 
              tz = isFileIdentical(buf, size, pathname);

If I try to declare it earlier in the main code,  I also run into issues 
since this new function calls other implicitly declared functions.


On 12/09/2019 18:47, Roger Riggs wrote:
> Hi Sean,
> In addition to Naoto's comments.
> The change to TimeZone_md.h should not be needed.
> A 'static' declaration doesn't need to be visible outside its source 
> file.
> Roger
> On 9/12/19 12:42 PM, naoto.sato at oracle.com wrote:
>> Hi Seán,
>> I like your approach to provide the fast path to determine the system 
>> time zone. One general question is, is UTC/GMT the right set of fast 
>> path candidates? Should we add some more common ones?
>> Other comments to the code:
>> TimeZone_md.c
>> - Should fast path search come after "dir" validation, i.e., line 
>> 146-148?
>> - Line 126: "statbuf" can be removed.
>> - Line 134: 'i' is not size_of_something, so 'int' type should 
>> suffice (and its initialization is done in the for-loop).
>> - Line 138: the fast path search should "continue" with the next 
>> name, instead of "break".
>> - Line 142, 182: I'd wrap this line with parens for the if statement.
>> - Line 232-242: "pathname" is an argument to this function, so 
>> freeing it inside the function seems odd. Also, no need to reset 
>> dbuf/fd since they are no longer reused in the loop.
>> Naoto
>> On 9/11/19 3:50 AM, Seán Coffey wrote:
>>> The current algorithm for determining the default timezone on 
>>> (non-AIX) unix systems goes something like :
>>> 1. If TZ environment variable is defined, use it
>>> 2. else if /etc/timezone exists, use the value contained within it
>>> 3. else if /etc/localtime exists and is a symbolic link, use the 
>>> name pointed to
>>> 4. else if /etc/localtime is a binary, find the first identical time 
>>> zone binary file in /usr/share/zoneinfo/
>>> Step 4 is a bit crude in that the zoneinfo directory can contain 
>>> over 1,800 files on today's systems. I'd like to change the logic so 
>>> that common timezones are first checked for buffer matching before a 
>>> full directory traversal is performed. It should be a performance 
>>> gain and it should also lead to more consistent results for reasons 
>>> outlined in the bug report.
>>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8223490
>>> webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~coffeys/webrev.8223490/webrev/ 
>>> <http://cr.openjdk.java.net/%7Ecoffeys/webrev.8223490/webrev/>

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