Bug 1002314 - javac gives unhelpful error messages
javac gives unhelpful error messages
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: java-1.7.0-openjdk (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Deepak Bhole
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-08-28 17:30 EDT by Christopher Beland
Modified: 2015-02-17 11:57 EST (History)
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Description Christopher Beland 2013-08-28 17:30:16 EDT
I often get errors like "could not find symbol" from javac.  If it's not immediately obvious from looking at the line number reported, it can be very difficult to debug the problem.

If I put the same code into Eclipse, I get a much more useful error message, like "the method X(Y) is undefined for type Z".

I don't want to use Eclipse because it is buggy, slow, takes up way too much disk space, and the text editor is infuriating, so I'm hoping that javac could be enhanced.

Comment 1 Deepak Bhole 2013-08-28 17:43:10 EDT
The javac compiler does produce this information. e.g.:

$ javac  Test.java
Test.java:4: error: cannot find symbol
  symbol:   variable Foo
  location: class Test
Test.java:5: error: cannot find symbol
  symbol:   method bar()
  location: class Test
2 errors

When I try to compile:
public class Test {
        public void test() {

The first error is the same as "Class/Variable Foo not found"
The second error is the same as "method bar() not found in class Test"
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