Using Sun's exception messages

Archie Cobbs archie at
Mon Jan 10 10:51:42 PST 2000

Dalibor Topic writes:
> I'd like to know what the policy is on using the same
> exception messages that Sun uses when throwing
> exceptions in the standard library. 
> Although I think that programs that rely on the
> (undocumented, as far as I know) content of an
> exception message from the standard library are
> seriously broken, there might be some programs out
> there that do that. On the other hand, the content of
> the messages can be reverse engineered quite easily by
> provoking their generation and looking up what Sun's
> implementation emits.
> So, is it O.K. to submit patches that patch our
> implemenatation to emit the same exception messages,
> or not?

I don't see any problem with doing that.. bring 'em on.


Archie Cobbs   *   Whistle Communications, Inc.  *

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