Source: plexus-compiler
Version: 2.8.2-5
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

plexus-compiler currently will default -source and/or -target to 1.7
whenever the following occours:
1) whenever either has not being set
2) whenever either has been set to 1.6 or earlier

This patch modifies the detection logic in order to be able to set the
'--release' flag when (and only when):
- the '--release' is *not* set
- AND both -source and -target are being set to a default value
- AND the running jvm is jdk9 or newer

This prevents errors such as the infamous "Method
flip()Ljava/nio/ByteBuffer; does not exist in class java.nio.ByteBuffer"
that is caused by building with openjdk-9 with -source set without
setting the proper bootclasspath [1,2]. JEP-247 [3] has provided the
--release to prevent such issues and should be used instead of -source
whenever the javac being used is jdk9 or higher.

I have tested and I can confirm it works fine, but I would like some
review to make sure it is sane and get opinions on other (better?) ways
to do this - specially concerning the detection of the jvm being run.

Also, fork and an alternative javac compiler might be set, thus I would
like to discuss as to what behavior it should default it in that case.

Tiago Daitx


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