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From Ralph Goers <>
Subject Re: Compiler targets and Java 9
Date Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:56:03 GMT

> On Jun 5, 2017, at 1:35 PM, sebb <> wrote:
> On 5 June 2017 at 21:06, Ralph Goers < <>>
>> OK. Who cares if their last release was Java 1.5? They will never release another
version that supports it.
> Not sure who you mean by 'they' here.

They is any component whose latest release is on Java 1.5.

> This thread is about Commons components whose latest release is 1.5 or
> earlier, and what to do about it now that Java 9+ no longer supports
> 1.5 as a compiler option.

The answer is clear. There is no problem using a component compiled for Java 5, so this discussion
is only about performing new releases of things. Any component that has a latest release based
on Java 5 will continue to lay dormant until someone wants to do a new release of it. If and
when that happens the next release will use Java 6 or hopefully, Java 7 (since Java 6 has
already reached end-of-life as well but has about another year before full end of support).
There is no point in doing security fixes for anything based on Java 5 (or 6 in my opinion).

This discussion about Java 9 is just a red herring as it is forcing you to have a discussion
you really shouldn’t need to have. This upgrade should have been forced eons ago.


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