JDK-8256826 : Source generated in last round not visible to other sources
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: tools
  • Sub-Component: javac
  • Affected Version: 15
  • Priority: P4
  • Status: Open
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Submitted: 2020-11-21
  • Updated: 2020-12-09
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The following compilation involves an annotation processor that generates a file on the last round. That file defines a symbol that is referenced from the other file in the compilation.

I expected javac to defer the error for the missing symbol in T.java until after annotation processing is finished, and for the compilation to succeed. Is it expected behaviour that the file generated in the last round is not visible to other files in the compilation?

(I realize files generated in the last round will not be subject to annotation processing, but that wouldn't be necessary for this compilation to succeed.)

This may be somewhat related to JDK-6634138 (Source generated in last round not compiled), except here the source generated in the last round *is* compiled, it just isn't visible to the rest of the compilation.

import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.UncheckedIOException;
import java.io.Writer;
import java.util.Set;
import javax.annotation.processing.AbstractProcessor;
import javax.annotation.processing.RoundEnvironment;
import javax.annotation.processing.SupportedAnnotationTypes;
import javax.lang.model.SourceVersion;
import javax.lang.model.element.TypeElement;
import javax.tools.JavaFileObject;

public class P extends AbstractProcessor {

  public SourceVersion getSupportedSourceVersion() {
    return SourceVersion.latestSupported();

  public boolean process(Set<? extends TypeElement> annotations, RoundEnvironment roundEnv) {
    if (roundEnv.processingOver()) {
      try {
        JavaFileObject jfo = processingEnv.getFiler().createSourceFile("p.L");
        try (Writer w = jfo.openWriter()) {
          w.write("package p; public class L {}");
      } catch (IOException e) {
        throw new UncheckedIOException(e);
    return false;

import p.L;

class T {
  public static void main(String[] args) {

The compilation fails with javac 15.0.1+9-18:

$ javac -fullversion
javac full version "15.0.1+9-18"
$ javac --release 8 P.java
$ javac --release 8 -processorpath . -processor P T.java
T.java:1: error: package p does not exist
import p.L;
warning: File for type 'p.L' created in the last round will not be subject to annotation processing.
1 error
1 warning

For whatever it's worth, ecj seems to accept this compilation:

$ java -fullversion
java full version "1.8.0_202-b08"
$ java -jar ecj-4.6.1.jar  -source 8 -target 8 -processorpath . -processor P T.java