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From "Rick Curtis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (OPENJPA-2514) ASM dependency revisited
Date Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:47:01 GMT
Rick Curtis created OPENJPA-2514:

             Summary: ASM dependency revisited
                 Key: OPENJPA-2514
             Project: OpenJPA
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: kernel
    Affects Versions: 2.3.0, 2.2.2, 2.4.0
            Reporter: Rick Curtis
            Assignee: Rick Curtis

OPENJPA-2171 introduced a dependency on xbean-asm-4 and with this JIRA I'd like to revisit
that issue.

On the mailing list the TomEE folks have pointed that they need a java 6 release with xbean
asm5(in support of runtime java8) and Kevin has even reverted a number of changes to trunk
to rollback some of the java7(compile) support changes. I put together a patch that is similar
to Romain's patch from OPENJPA-2171 that will selectively load whichever ASM library is available
for a given environment. The attached patch will also upgrade the packaged asm dependency
in openjpa-all to xbean-asm-5, but that could be changed depending on the environment. 

While I understand, and appreciate the need to insulate OpenJPA from ASM(breaking) changes,
I don't like the fact that to use OpenJPA a user is also required to use a special version
of ASM. There are scenarios where a user might already have their own 'blessed' version of
ASM in use, and they don't want to have yet another copy. Allowing for selecting loading of
a given ASM library should be able to satisfy both use cases.

If this seems like a reasonable way forward, I could commit this change to trunk and 2.3.x.
This would mean that the TomEE folks could cut another release from the 2.3.x branch, rather
than creating yet another branch for limited benefit. 

Thoughts, comments?

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