We are proud to announce the release of GNU Classpath 0.97.2,
the second bugfix release for GNU Classpath 0.97.
GNU Classpath, essential libraries for java, is a project to create
free core class libraries for use with runtimes, compilers and tools
for the java programming language.
The GNU Classpath developer snapshot releases are not directly aimed
at the end user but are meant to be integrated into larger development
platforms. For example JamVM, CACAO and Kaffe can make use of an installed
copy of GNU Classpath 0.97.2, while GCC (gcj) will use the developer
snapshots as a base for future versions. For more projects based on GNU
This is the second of a new series of bugfix releases that follow a major (0.x)
release. A 0.x.y release will only contain minor bug fixes. It will not cause
major changes in the functionality of GNU Classpath, either for better or for
With this bugfix release, the following issues have been resolved:
- Include headers in the release tarball.
- Allow the building of tools to be optional.
- Only check for a Java compiler when required.
- Allow VMOperatingSystemMXBeanImpl to compile on Solaris.
- Documentation typo fixe.
- Fix memory leak in native/jni/classpath/jcl.
- Web page updates (PR classpath/22883.
- Fixes to pass the JSR166 TCK.
- Use awk to construct the classlist on buildin.
- Fix deadlock in Logger (PR classpath/35974.
- Fix regression in java.lang.String (PR classpath/35482.
- Allow Classpath tools to handle @file options.
- Allow parseInt to handle a + prefix correctly.
- Remove use of 1.5 language constructs in the VM layer.
From the 0.95 release, we switched fully towards the 1.5 generics work
that we previously released separately as classpath-generics. All this work
is now fully integrated in the main release and various runtimes (gcj,
cacao, jamvm, ikvm, etc) have been extended to take advantage of the
new generics, annotations and enumeration support in the core
library. As a consequence, only 1.5 capable compilers (currently the Eclipse
Compiler for Java (ecj) and Sun's javac) may be used to build Classpath.
The GNU Classpath developers site
provides detailed information on how to start with helping the GNU
Classpath project and gives an overview of the core class library
packages currently provided.
For each snapshot release generated documentation is provided through
the GNU Classpath Tools gjdoc project,which will become part of GNU Classpath
itself with the release of 0.98. A documentation generation
framework for java source files used by the GNU project. Full
documentation on the currently implementated packages and classes can
be found at:
We are looking into how to extend the documentation experience in the
future. Please contact the mailinglist if you would like to help with
For more information about the project see also:
GNU Classpath 0.97.2 can be downloaded from
or one of the ftp.gnu.org mirrors
or the Classpath
continuous integration system
The following people helped fix bugs in Classpath 0.97.1:
Andrew John Hughes, Michael Koch, Jim Meyering, Robert Schuster, Mario Torre, Tom Tromey, Ralf Wildenhues
The following people helped with the release of Classpath 0.97 and/or 0.97.1:
Luciano Chavez, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Bernhard Fischer, Jeroen Frijters, Stefan Huehner, Andrew John Hughes, Jakub Jelinek, Ito Kazumitsu, Roman Kennke, Alexandre Oliva, Petteri Raety, Ian Rogers, Robert Schuster, Leen Toelen, Mario Torre, Dalibor Topic, Tom Tromey, David Walluck, Mark Wielaard and Ralf Wildenhues.
We would also like to thank the numerous bug reporters and testers! In
addition, we'd like to extend our thanks to all those who've contributed over
the years and have helped in building a thriving and friendly community
around the GNU Classpath project.