Harness source availability; was: Re: JavaSE 7 build 15 is available at the openjdk.java.net website

David Herron David.Herron at Sun.COM
Fri Jul 6 17:21:32 UTC 2007

Mark Wielaard wrote:
> BTW. When will the source code for jtreg be released?
> Cheers,
> Mark

Hi Mark,

I cannot answer about jtreg source code release, that's a question for 
others to answer.  But I am curious for some data which will help with a 
proposal I'm due to make next week.

Is it required, from your perspective, that the harness source be 
available?  If so, why?

I think there's no legal requirement .. that an open source test can be 
executed by a binary-only harness so long as there's license 
compatibility allowing for this.

The impending proposal I'm due to make is about release of some tests 
from the quality team.  There are various considerations under which we 
are likely to release those tests using a harness that's used by the 
quality team and to keep our cost low the proposal is to release this 
harness as a binary, just as jtreg has been released as a binary.  It 
would help me to understand your thinking regarding a binary harness.

- David Herron

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