Talk:GNU Classpath

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Is it really that complete? What was Richard Stallman's whole complaint about 2.0 and Java if Classpath is so complete? and show daily status of compatibility tests. They are over %96 and %95 respectivley for 1.3 and 1.4 spec. Glvgfz 12:21, 1 November 2005 (UTC)

Problem is that some classes are still missng. And 95% compatibility is no compatibility. It just means that if some dists use GNU classpath, Java programs on it might or might not work. The larger the programs are the bigger the chance they somewhere call a class that is not yet implemented and therefore crash. In the end its a pest for devs that also want to provide software to Linux users. (just one example: They don't implement fully RegExp (i.e. Pattern.quote() is missing) which are the common way to do operations on strings.) -- (talk) 16:38, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

I renamed it to GNU classpath from GNU Classpath. Does anyone know why C was capitalized? -- Taku 07:35, Jun 18, 2005 (UTC)

Simple: it was capitalized because that's how they spell it (source: [1]). I moved it back. Haakon 12:52, 1 December 2005 (UTC)


Is this the same thing as libgcj, and if not, what's the difference?

They are different implementations of the Java standard libraries, but are now being merged, such that libgcj will eventually use Classpath. You can follow the progress of the merge here. Haakon 13:21, 7 December 2005 (UTC)


It shouldn't redirect from Classpath. Classpath is a much broader term than just this one project. 20:13, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

I created an article called Classpath (Java) which is about the general Java classpath concept. I think that Classpath should redirect there instead of GNU Classpath. Hervegirod 10:12, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
Agreed - Srivatsan
Done, now Classpath redirect to Classpath (Java). I checked to verify that links were OK. Hervegirod 19:38, 14 April 2007 (UTC)


This article doesn't say anything about why anyone would want to create "a free implementation of the standard class library for the Java programming language". What is the motivation? What is the added value? In other words: what is the significance of GNU Classpath? It would be nice if some of this could be mentioned in the intro. Thanks! --The Wild Falcon 10:24, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Because GNU Classpath comes with the four freedoms of free software, of course. Thanks for the reminder, it's easy to forget that people coming from other perspectives won't assume this. I'll mention it in the intro. Gronky 20:42, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
Most of the class library from Sun comes with them too these days, and Sun is in the process of getting the remaining non-free bits replaced, so this may no longer be a satisfactory answer to the part about GNU Classpath's significance. -- Coffee2theorems 00:17, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
It's significance is a different question to it's reason for being written in the first place, but it's also an interesting question. I'll see if I can add something further. Gronky 09:37, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
Including the free as in beer versus free as in speech distinction. Autarch 16:46, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

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