JDK-4857717 : "Specified by:" and "Overrides:" should exist & point to ext. referenced classes
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: tools
  • Sub-Component: javadoc(tool)
  • Affected Version: 1.4.2
  • Priority: P4
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: windows_2000
  • CPU: x86
  • Submitted: 2003-05-02
  • Updated: 2014-05-05
  • Resolved: 2003-09-26
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5.0 tigerFixed
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[This bug is re-written from bug 4854934]

It appears that when method A.m overrides method in external referenced class B,
the "Overrides:" section is not generated (but should be).  That is, if B is not
passed in on the command line, javadoc does not create the "Overrides:" section
for method m.  If B is passed in, then it does create the "Overrides:" section.

Example:  Given this source file with method read() that overrides 
"public int read()" in FilterReader:

---------------- XReader.java ---------------------
public class XReader extends java.io.FilterReader {
   * This is a doc comment
   public int read() {
      return 'W';

Generate the HTML documentation using Javadoc 1.4.2-beta:

javadoc -d html XReader.java

The generated HTML documentation for XReader.read() 
is missing any "Overrides:" labels.  It actually looks
like this:


public int read()

   This is a doc comment

It should instead look like this, with override labels:


public int read()

   This is a doc comment

   read in class FilterReader
   ~~~~          ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Adding the -link or -linkoffline option makes no difference -- 
the labels and links still do not appear when trying this:

javadoc -d html -linkoffline "http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4/docs/api" . XReader.java

In this case, "read" should be a link to java/io/FilterReader.html#read()
and "FilterReader" should be a link to java/io/FilterReader.html,
identical to this J2SE class that extends FilterReader:


The presence of these labels and links should be independent
of inheriting doc comments.

FWIW, I tested for the presenece of "Specified by:" when implementing
an external referenced class (to see if it's a problem), and it works 
just fine, producing "Specified by:" labels and links.  Here's that source 

----------------- XComparable.java -----------------------
public class XComparable implements java.lang.Comparable {
   public int compareTo(Object o) {
      return 'W';

CONVERTED DATA BugTraq+ Release Management Values COMMIT TO FIX: tiger FIXED IN: tiger INTEGRATED IN: tiger tiger-b22

EVALUATION Accepted. ###@###.### 2003-05-02 There is really nothing to fix. I can reproduce this bug in the pre-toolkit standard doclet but not in the toolkit standard doclet. This code to insert the "overriden" or "implements" documentation is included in the toolkit so it will be fixed in every doclet that uses it. I will mark this bug as fixed when we actually get to check the toolkit into the TL workspace. ###@###.### 2003-05-03

PUBLIC COMMENTS We have fixed this bug for the 1.5 release. I agree that it is incorrect for the doclet to skip "overrides" or "implemented" documentation just because the method being overriden or implemented is external. ###@###.### 2003-05-03