notes from Valhalla meeting 5/24/17

John Rose john.r.rose at
Wed Jun 21 23:41:29 UTC 2017

On Jun 21, 2017, at 1:59 PM, Paul Sandoz <paul.sandoz at> wrote:
> Relevant bit:
>  CONSTANT_ConstantDynamic_info {
>      u1 tag;
>      u2 bootstrap_method_attr_index;
>      u2 name_and_type_index;
>  }
>  The value of the name_and_type_index item must be a valid index into the constant_pool table. The constant_pool entry at
>  that index must be a CONSTANT_NameAndType_info structure (§4.4.6) representing a field name and field descriptor (§4.3.2).
> i.e. name and descriptor indexed by CONSTANT_NameAndType_info must conform to a field name and field descriptor respectively, but there is no such actual field.

We could have slightly different rules for constant names, but that would
complicate the structural constraints on C_NAT, with no particular benefit.
As it is, you can validate a C_NAT without asking who is using it.

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