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From Stuart Roebuck <>
Subject Re: [C2 ClassLoading] RepositoryClassLoader - possible faults
Date Tue, 19 Dec 2000 11:59:34 GMT
Sorry, slight correction...

getCanonicalPath() works fine, but toURL doesn't use it and does not resolve "../" path components
automatically. This appears to be in contradiction with the 1.3 spec:

> The path is canonicalized through the removal of directory changes made by occurences
> ".." and ".". For a more detailed description of URL parsing, refer to RFC2396. 

But, now of the good news...

If you change the line:


in the addDirectory(File) method of, to:


*everything works*

yes, you've read me correctly, it doesn't just fix the URLs, it fixes *everything*

Yes, yes, yes, yes...
Diddly, dumpty, dumpty, dee...
Yipee, at last


(Apologies if I appear uncontrollably happy!)

On Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at 11:33 AM, Stuart Roebuck wrote:

> In my every ongoing task of trying to get C2 working, I have been learning about 
> classloaders, and have spotted two things along the way that may be relevant: 
> 1. is broken on Java 1.2.?  I've noted the odd message

> on the net from other people with the same fault so this isn't unique to MacOS X.  Whilst

> getCanonicalPath doesn't guarantee to produce a platform independent path, it implies

> (as the name 'canonical' does) that the same path will always results in the same 
> Canonical Path on a single machine.  However, currently it neither produces the 
> 'absolute' path it is supposed to, nor does it resolve "../" path components.  This fault

> is also exhibited in the resulting File.getURL() method used by the current classloader

> mechanism in Cocoon. getURL does produce an absolute path, but doesn't resolve "../"

> path components. 
> 2. There appears to be no code in the current classloader to prevent multiple duplicate

> URLs being added o a single URLClassLoader instance.  I discovered this when I printed
> the result of a getURLs() method call and found three identical classpaths.  This may
> cause any faults, but it certainly doesn't look like an efficient mechanism in the 
> long-run. 
> If point 1 is fixed on 1.3 this might be related to the faults only some people are 
> experiencing with the current classloader. 
> Stuart. 
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> Stuart Roebuck                         
> Lead Developer                                  Mac OS X, Java, XML, etc. 
> ADOLOS                                    

Stuart Roebuck                        
Lead Developer                                  Mac OS X, Java, XML, etc.
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