Name: nt126004 Date: 04/16/2002
FULL PRODUCT VERSION :
java version "1.4.0-rc"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.4.0-rc-b91)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.4.0-rc-b91, mixed mode)
FULL OPERATING SYSTEM VERSION :
Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
ADDITIONAL OPERATING SYSTEMS :
All that have JVM implementations
A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM :
Although local files are generally read from/written to
with java.io.File and networked files (other than NFS/UNC
files) are read from/written to via classes in java.net and
InputStreams/OutputStreams, these classes are not fully
capable of providing high-level access to certain file
storage protocols and strategies. In particular:
- CVS, VSS, etc.
These are special cases, but with a lot in common, and some
more "value-added" features that you don't see in java.io
or java.net at present. In particular (for a lot of them):
- remote filesystem exploration
- version control, including rollbacks, enumerating
differences between versions, etc. (not FTP)
- "check-in" and "check-out" using various authentification
schemes (access control, access locking)
- common file operations, such as reading, writing, getting
or setting metadata (such as file size)... these are
available generally with java.io.File, but not with
java.net classes (this also applies to remote filesystem
These are just examples, obviously other features become
apparent by looking at what each protocol/system offers.
Where required, authentification could be implemented using
JAAS or some other API if necessary (now that it's in the
I would suggest that this is implemented using a service
provider interface, so that some of the above are
available "as standard", some as optional implementations,
and also as that leaves the way clear for other future
implementations. This also means that "rich network
protocols" (such as WebDAV, CVS, et al. with version
control, access control, et al.) can share a common API.
If a SPI interface is used to implement the above, the main
interface could also be used to query whether an underlying
implementation supports a particular feature (such as
version control, which FTP does not support).
This bug can be reproduced always.
CUSTOMER WORKAROUND :
Handling this at a low level using java.io and java.net...
or writing classes to drive external client software (using
(Review ID: 145463)