Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 987769
java -version output makes parsing difficult
Last modified: 2015-02-17 11:19:55 EST
Description of problem:
openjdk-1.8.0 changed the java -version output. Now it prints "openjdk version ..." instead of "java version ...". Although it is probably intentional change it is causing problems for tools that are parsing the output to find out the java version. For example LSB test suite cannot be built.
I am not avare if there is any "recommendation" or "standard" covering this but I believe that lines 2,3 sufficiently emphasize that it is openjdk java and that the first line should be in "expected" format.
# java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0-internal"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0-internal-0)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Zero VM (build 25.0-b20-internal, interpreted mode)
# java -version
java version "1.7.0_25"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (fedora-220.127.116.11.fc19-ppc64)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Zero VM (build 23.7-b01, interpreted mode)
# /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-ibm-18.104.22.168.3.ppc64/jre/bin/java -version
java version "1.5.0"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build pxp64devifx-20130702 (SR16 FP3 ))
IBM J9 VM (build 2.3, J2RE 1.5.0 IBM J9 2.3 Linux ppc64-64 j9vmxp6423ifx-20130613 (JIT enabled)
J9VM - 20130611_151893_BHdSMr
JIT - 20121221_30553_r8
GC - 20120911_AA)
JCL - 20130702
Thanks for reporting the issue.
The OpenJDK project made this change upstream. If I had to guess why they chose this, I would go with "because java 8 is not final, so claiming that it's java 8 makes no sense". But that's just a guess.
I have passed this query upstream:
Lets see what they have to say.
We've had this filed as an IcedTea bug for a while:
Looks like upstream is pretty much set on keeping the output as it is (there was some mention of licensing and legal). You can find the entire discussion here:
I would prefer to follow what upstream is doing, if possible.
Upstream is sticking with 'openjdk version...' for now.
also please see - https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=988394 wea re going to change Java version in jdk8 even more
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