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From "Richard S. Hall (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (FELIX-42) Define a strategy for dealing with context class loader usage
Date Tue, 27 Dec 2005 21:42:31 GMT
Define a strategy for dealing with context class loader usage
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         Key: FELIX-42
         URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FELIX-42
     Project: Felix
        Type: New Feature
  Components: Framework  
    Reporter: Richard S. Hall
    Priority: Minor


Many third-party libraries use the context class loader associated with a thread as a means
to implement plugins or as a way to gain access to classes in a context outside of the library
itself, such as from another component or module. This mechanism does not play well with the
OSGi framework, which does its own fair share of class loader magic. Further, the context
class loader provides access to potentially arbitrary classes, which (from the perspective
of the OSGi framework) breaks modularity. Regardless, in the interest of making Felix play
well with these third-party libraries, it is worthwhile to investigate whether a strategy
for dealing with the context class loader can be devised, such as setting the context class
loader at the callback entry points for each bundle.

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