Re: Forbidden "internal" packages

"Karl Uppiano" <>
Sun, 15 Mar 2009 07:34:36 GMT
"Qu0ll" <> wrote in message

I would like to use the Rhino classes built in to Java 6 but whenever I
try to include a class from the
package I get errors. Firstly NetBeans complains that the import is from
a forbidden package (even though Eclipse has no problem with it) and then
the compiler reports that the package(s) doesn't exist. I realise that
the package name includes the word "internal" but I have been able to use
other internal packages from the JRE without any dramas so why is it so
prickly about these classes and packages? And what's the point of
including these classes within the JRE if you cannot use them in a

I believe that Sun makes some undocumented internal packages unavailable to
Java SDK end users because they do not want to support the internal API.
They want to retain the ability to modify the packages without concern for
breaking code developed by the Java development community at large. The fact
that Eclipse doesn't observe the restriction while NetBeans does is probably
partially due to the fact that NetBeans is sponsored by Sun. I'll bet
Eclipse will observe the restriction eventually.

I haven't tried this myself for your particular case, but if you can get a
copy of the packages directly from the JSR, and put the jars in your own
redistributable, and/or use the endorsed mechanism, I think you can gain
access to the packages you want.

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