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GNU Classpath 0.97.1 released

Item posted by Andrew John Hughes <gnu_andrew> on Tue Mar 11 22:54:30 2008.

We are proud to announce the release of GNU Classpath 0.97.1, the first bugfix release for GNU Classpath 0.97.

GNU Classpath, essential libraries for java, is a project to create free core class libraries for use with runtimes, compilers and tools for the java programming language.

The GNU Classpath developer snapshot releases are not directly aimed at the end user but are meant to be integrated into larger development platforms. For example JamVM, CACAO and Kaffe can make use of an installed copy of GNU Classpath 0.97.1, while GCC (gcj) will use the developer snapshots as a base for future versions. For more projects based on GNU Classpath, see

This is the first of a new series of bugfix releases that follow a major (0.x) release. A 0.x.y release will only contain minor bug fixes. It will not cause major changes in the functionality of GNU Classpath, either for better or for worse.

With this bugfix release, the following issues have been resolved:

  • Building the Javadoc documentation for the JSR166 classes (java.util.concurrent). See
  • Fixing an incompatibility in our STaX API implementation
  • Including the properties files for the tools in the released tarball.

From the 0.95 release, we switched fully towards the 1.5 generics work that we previously released separately as classpath-generics. All this work is now fully integrated in the main release and various runtimes (GCJ, CACAO, JamVM, JikesRVM etc) have been extended to take advantage of the new generics, annotations and enumeration support in the core library. As a consequence, only 1.5 capable compilers (currently the Eclipse Compiler for Java (ecj) and Sun's javac) may be used to build Classpath.

The GNU Classpath developers site ( provides detailed information on how to start with helping the GNU Classpath project and gives an overview of the core class library packages currently provided.

For each snapshot release generated documentation is provided through the GNU Classpath Tools gjdoc project. A documentation generation framework for java source files used by the GNU project. Full documentation on the currently implementated packages and classes can be found at: We are looking into how to extend the documentation experience in the future. Please contact the mailinglist if you would like to help with this effort.

For more information about the project see also:

GNU Classpath home page:
Developer information (wiki):
Full class documentation:
GNU Classpath hackers:
Autobuilder, current build status, build snapshots:

Application test pages (wiki):
GNU Classpath hacking with Eclipse (wiki):

GNU Classpath promotion banners:

GNU Classpath 0.97.1 is available from, one of the mirrors
( or the Classpath continuous integration
system (

File: classpath-0.97.1.tar.gz
MD5sum: 35e81f0e0055a8b8a7a879077cf2b3c6
SHA1sum: 04486b0ce8d4da1f4111d28ae03b149cc475d6dd

The following people helped fix bugs in Classpath 0.97:

Andrew John Hughes, Petteri Raety, Robert Schuster

The following people helped with the release of Classpath 0.97:

Luciano Chavez, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Bernhard Fischer, Jeroen Frijters, Stefan Huehner, Andrew John Hughes, Jakub Jelinek, Ito Kazumitsu, Roman Kennke, Alexandre Oliva, Ian Rogers, Robert Schuster, Leen Toelen, Mario Torre, Dalibor Topic, Tom Tromey, David Walluck, Mark Wielaard and Ralf Wildenhues.

We would also like to thank the numerous bug reporters and testers! In addition, we'd like to extend our thanks to all those who've contributed over the years and have helped in building a thriving and friendly community around the GNU Classpath project.


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