JDK-5046178 : JarInputStream doesn't return Manifest object
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: core-libs
  • Sub-Component: java.util.jar
  • Affected Version: 6
  • Priority: P3
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Won't Fix
  • OS: generic
  • CPU: generic
  • Submitted: 2004-05-12
  • Updated: 2013-04-30
  • Resolved: 2013-04-30
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Attempting to get a Manifest object off a JarInputStream returns null,
while the JarFile returns it just fine.

Here is the test program (in comments), and the jar file in question attached.
###@###.### 2004-05-12

Given the nature of the JarInputStream (it's possible it's a non-seekable stream), there is no practically possible solution to locate/read the manifest without consuming the stream data, if the manifest is not the first/second entry (which is currently the assumption of JarInputStream spec/implementation, if the manifest entry is required/seeked) in the stream. Closed as "will not fix" for now.

CONVERTED DATA BugTraq+ Release Management Values COMMIT TO FIX: mustang

EVALUATION JarInputStream has to be able to work on a non-seekable stream, so implementing a method to get the Manifest is in general, impossible, at least if the stream has not been exhaustively read. The way that JarInputStream handles this is by assuming that a manifest, if present, must occur at the beginning of the jar file, preceded only by an entry for the META-INF directory itself. It might be a good idea to set the manifest if it is encountered while scanning the jar file, but in any case, because the requested functionality cannot be made to work perfectly, the docs should be updated to reflect the lowered expectations that users should have. ###@###.### 2004-05-14

WORK AROUND Reorganize the jar file so that the manifest always comes first. This will happen automatically if the jar command is always used to create the jar file non-incrementally, i.e. without using the -u flag. ###@###.### 2004-05-14