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From Remy Maucherat <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] allow tomcat5 to compile/run with JDK1.3
Date Mon, 03 Feb 2003 15:56:01 GMT
Costin Manolache wrote:
> Remy Maucherat wrote:
>>Tim Funk wrote:
>>>Tomcat5 does not compile with JDK1.3. It does with JDK1.4.
>>>There is only one line of code that prevents it from compiling with
>>>JDK1.3. org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader depends on
>>>File.toURI() which does not exist on jdk1.3.
>>>I got around this by the performing the following:
>>>  return realFile.toURI().toURL();
>>>  return new URL("file:" + realFile.toURL().getPath());
>>>My patch also has some spurious stuff because my text editor
>>>automatically strips all trailing whitespace from lines and converts
>>>tabs to spaces. The important stuff is the last 9 lines of the patch
>>The patch is a bad idea. The change was made to fix RMI related problems.
>>What should be done is invoke the appropriate methods through
>>reflection, catching any error (and defaulting to the old code if it
> Well, reflection is a bad idea too :-) A better solution is to use a 
> wrapper like jdkCompat ( i.e. a base class with the 1.3 implementation,
> extended with a 1.4 impl ). This class could include other 1.4 methods
> and their 1.3 equivalent, if any.

Well, I was planning to implement it as:

try {
  // do the nasty 1.4 stuff with reflection
} catch (Throwable t) {
  // do the compatible stuff

It's not nice but it works (and as the CL is cached, we don't care too 
much about the performance loss due to the exception).

> This would allow implementing the correct stuff, instead of failing. 



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