JDK-8217305, JDK-8209002 and fixes

Andrew John Hughes gnu.andrew at redhat.com
Mon Mar 11 19:27:13 UTC 2019

On 11/03/2019 19:11, Hohensee, Paul wrote:
> Yes, please do it, Kevin. I'm still learning protocol, which in this case is "if you tag a bug as a backport fix request, you own pushing it".
> Thanks,
> Paul

I think one of the issues with labelling bugs rather than asking for
approval on the list is it has broken the ordering in some cases. The
original expectation was:

1. Have fix for 8u reviewed by appropriate reviewers.
2. Have fix for 8u approved for inclusion by 8u maintainers.

If you look at it like this, having #2 done by the person working on the
fix makes sense because they will also have gone through #1. Of course,
#1 is skipped in the case of clean backports, which is where some of the
confusion comes about.

They are very different processes. #1 is a review of the content of the
patch as a good change to make. #2 is a review of whether the change is
appropriate at this point in the 8u lifecycle.

Where I think we still need to finesse #2 is in the deciding of whether
a fix goes to just 8u-dev or also 8u which will soon be in the second
stage of development for 8u212.

The wiki currently still contains:


Do we want to update that process slightly as a route for changes to go
into the later stages of 8u? It then becomes a case of jdk8u-fix-yes
gets you 8u-dev and 8u-CPU-critical-approved gets you jdk8u.

We may need to adopt a different label to avoid conflicts with Oracle.
It does look kind of abandoned though, at the minute. I still have a
pending request which has been made redundant by the release of 8u202:

Andrew :)

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