JDK-6471750 : JVMS3 4.4.4 Bug in Signature Grammar in revisions to "The class File Format" document
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: specification
  • Sub-Component: vm
  • Affected Version: 5.0
  • Priority: P4
  • Status: Closed
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: windows_xp
  • CPU: x86
  • Submitted: 2006-09-18
  • Updated: 2012-10-09
  • Resolved: 2007-01-08
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Description
A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM :
Section 4.4.4 of the document the grammar rule for TypeSignature rule contains '['   but it should not

EXPECTED VERSUS ACTUAL BEHAVIOR :
EXPECTED -
TypeSignature :
  FieldTypeSignature
  BaseTypeSignature

ACTUAL -
TypeSignature :
  [FieldTypeSignature
  [BaseTypeSignature


URL OF FAULTY DOCUMENTATION :
http://java.sun.com/docs/books/vmspec/2nd-edition/ClassFileFormat-Java5.pdf

Comments
EVALUATION Indeed, only ArrayTypeSignature should start with [. JVMS 3ed will have this correction.
30-11-2006