OpenJDK 8u212 status

Andrew John Hughes gnu.andrew at
Thu Mar 14 02:46:11 UTC 2019

On 13/03/2019 20:40, jesper.wilhelmsson at wrote:
>> On 13 Mar 2019, at 10:24, Severin Gehwolf <sgehwolf at> wrote:
>> On Wed, 2019-03-13 at 09:08 +0000, Langer, Christoph wrote:
>>>> Paul & Aleksey are both 8u reviewers. Are we in a position to propose
>>>> any more?
>>> I think Severin could be proposed as reviewer. He has enough pushes in jdk8u.
>> I'm flattered, thanks. It would be a bit awkward, though, since I'm not
>> a reviewer in jdk/jdk.
> Being a Reviewer in the jdk project is not a requirement to become a Reviewer in the jdk8u project. These are two separate projects. There are plenty of examples of developers who are Reviewers in jdk8u but not in jdk.
> /Jesper
>> Thanks,
>> Severin

I do think those of us outside Oracle are probably too stringent on
ourselves on this, and I don't see the same reluctance in proposing
votes among Oracle staff.

There are many who are reviewers for 9 and later without being reviewers
for earlier releases, simply because of the way reviewership is carried
forward to new JDK projects, but not applied retrospectively. If you
started working on OpenJDK at the time of OpenJDK 9 or 10, you likely
have committer or reviewer status there, but nothing further back. This
problem only gets deeper the further back you go and we struggle even
more for reviewers on OpenJDK 7.

At the end of the day, the only requirement in the bylaws [0] is that of
a vote, the legitimacy of which is conferred by the proposer being
someone who already holds the required status. Any further guidelines on
what makes someone eligible for that status are just that; guidelines.
My own interpretation of the bylaws is that the burden of proof for
rejecting such a nomination lies on the person who attempts to veto it
[1] and that the eligibility of the nominee is left down to the
discretion of the nominator.

With that in mind, I'm happy to suggest Christoph for jdk8u reviewership
(as he already has it for 9+) and Severin for jdk reviewership (we can
look into 8u after)

Andrew :)

Senior Free Java Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc. (

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