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Re: Small ZipFile patch

From: Tom Tromey
Subject: Re: Small ZipFile patch
Date: 04 Mar 2003 09:38:56 -0700
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>>>>> "Jeroen" == Jeroen Frijters <address@hidden> writes:

Jeroen> BTW, the design of the 1.0 I/O classes is less than
Jeroen> stellar. Since the FileDescriptor class is the owner of the
Jeroen> native resource, it should have had a finalizer, instead of
Jeroen> FileInputStream and FileOutputStream (for some reason
Jeroen> RandomAccessFile doesn't have a finalizer).

It isn't a compatibility problem to decide what class should have a
nontrivial finalizer.  We're free to rearrange things here.

In libgcj we have a finalizer in FileDescriptor.  I think this is the
only place you should have a finalizer that closes the underlying
native file descriptor.  Otherwise you run into problems here and
there; we had some bug reports about this a couple years ago.


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