Bug 987769 - java -version output makes parsing difficult
java -version output makes parsing difficult
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: java-1.8.0-openjdk (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Omair Majid
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-07-24 02:55 EDT by Karel Srot
Modified: 2015-02-17 11:19 EST (History)
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Description Karel Srot 2013-07-24 02:55:02 EDT
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-
OpenJDK 64-Bit Zero VM (build 23.7-b01, interpreted mode)

# /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-ibm- -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
Comment 1 Omair Majid 2013-07-24 03:09:45 EDT
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.
Comment 2 Andrew John Hughes 2013-07-26 05:07:18 EDT
We've had this filed as an IcedTea bug for a while:


Easily fixed.
Comment 3 Omair Majid 2013-08-29 20:53:43 EDT
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.
Comment 4 Omair Majid 2013-10-21 09:20:47 EDT
Upstream is sticking with 'openjdk version...' for now.
Comment 5 jiri vanek 2013-10-21 09:31:46 EDT
also please see - https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=988394 wea re going to change Java version in jdk8 even more
Comment 6 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2014-02-04 11:21:46 EST
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
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