Confusing error message for inner non-public service provider

Alex Buckley alex.buckley at
Fri Feb 10 01:31:30 UTC 2017

// Rewording and resending to avoid confusion.

On 2/9/2017 4:21 PM, Jonathan Gibbons wrote:
> On 2/9/17 3:07 PM, Alex Buckley wrote:
>> All the JLS wants is for the class to be 'public'.
> Does that just apply locally to the declaration of the class itself, or
> does it also indirectly apply to any enclosing classes, in the case of a
> nested class?

Just the declaration of the class itself. The JLS does NOT want the 
specified class to be accessible from <some other class>. That is, the 
JLS does not care about a chain of access from <some other class> to the 
provider class, which might conceivably allow the provider class to have 
default (package) access. The JLS just wants the 'public' modifier on 
the class declaration, end of story.


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