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From Gary Gregory <>
Subject [lang][proposal] SystemUtils property out of sync problem; add se t methods.
Date Tue, 10 Feb 2004 19:54:35 GMT

Context: I am writing some unit tests for our product that require system
properties (like java.ext.dirs) to be temporarily fiddled with. Now my code
looks like this:

    public void testJavaExtDirDoesNotExist() {
        String saveJavaExtDirs = SystemUtils.JAVA_EXT_DIRS;
        try {
            String testJavaExtDirs = "...";
            System.setProperty("java.ext.dirs", testJavaExtDirs);
            // The real test starts here...
        } finally {
            System.setProperty("java.ext.dirs", saveJavaExtDirs);

Issue #1: Add SystemUtils.setX?

Instead of:

System.setProperty("java.ext.dirs", testJavaExtDirs);

I wonder if this would be better:


Seems nicer, yes?

Issue #2: SystemUtils out of sync.

As soon you do:

System.setProperty("java.ext.dirs", testJavaExtDirs);

Then SystemUtils.JAVA_EXT_DIRS lies.

Proposal 2a:
At least, the Javadoc has to be updated to something nasty like: "The value
of this constant is set when this class is first loaded."

Proposal 2b:
Add SystemUtils.getJavaExtDirs() and other APIs which do not cache and make
JAVA_EXT_DIRS and others use such APIs.

Proposal 3b: 
Add constants for the property names like: JAVA_EXT_DIRS_KEY =


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