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NEWS/ChangeLog for rJava
0.9-5 (under development)
o add more debugging information in RJavaClassLoader to trace
cases where class path entries are invalid or discarded
o added support for unboxing of Double, Integer and Boolean
to .jevalArray(.., simplify=TRUE) and thus also to .jcall()
o Windows: add Java configuartion paths before existing PATH
o Windows: honor a new option "java.home" to override JAVA_HOME
environment variable and system settings to allow co-existence
of other tools that may require differen Java paths.
o Windows: fix a buglet in error reporting when no Java is installed
o raise an error if the number of arguments to a Java call exceeds
maxJavaPars. Previously, calls woud be silently truncated.
Note that maxJavaPars can be raised by compiling rJava, e.g. with:
PKG_CFLAGS=-DmaxJavaPars=96 R CMD INSTAL rJava_...
o bugfix: .jinit() was failing on Java 1.4 with
"cannot obtain Class.getSimpleName method ID"
since the method is only present in Java 1.5+
This was inadvertent, rJava aims to support Java 1.2+
o When NOAWT is set, rJava will enable headless mode in the JVM
by setting the java.awt.headless property to true during
initialization in .jinit()
o All C-level entry points are now pre-cached when rJava is
loaded such that calls can be made much faster since symbols
don't need to be looked up. This should speed up calls to
methods that take very little time as well as other parts
such as checking for exceptions.
o fixed Java detection from registry on Windows (bug introduced
o fixes issues introduced by several new features in the late
0.8 series. Most imporantly .jarray() and .jevalArray() behave
as intended (and as implemented in previous versions). The
same applies to .jcall() behavior with respect to arrays and
its evalArray arument. The defaults for some new arguments
have been changed to reflect the original behavior.
o .jevalArray() has an additional argument `simplify' which allows
multi-dimensional arrays to be converted to native R
types. Use with care - it may convert more recursive types in
the future so it should be used preferrably where you have
control over the types converted.
o fixed a bug in .jevalArray that was not simplifying string
vectors correctly when the array type was not specified
(.jclass returns dot notation whereas signatures use JNI
notation so a conversion was necessary)
o use install.libs.R in R 2.13.1 to install multi-arch JRI
o Add support for r.arch in RJavaClassLoader on Windows as well
o javaImport was only able to import java packages from the system class
loader (not from additional jars)
o Windows updates to accomodate changes in R 2.12 and layout
changes in recent Sun Java installations.
o JRI 0.5-4: rniStop() provides several ways to notify R on unix.
It improves handing of user interrupts via rniStop() by
allowing to avoid signals (signals can cause problems in some
recent JVM implementations).
o fix a bug introduced in 0.8-2 where .jclassPath() would not
show the real class path
o if the rJava class loader is used as a primary loader it will
also register as the context class loader. Some projects
rely on the thread context class loader instead of
Class.getClassLoader() [which is still more reliable]
so those will now work as well.
o JRI 0.5-3 (bugfixes)
o JRI 0.5-2
IMPORTANT NOTE: handling of NAs in character vectors has been
fixed, NAs were incorrectly passed as "NA" from R to Java
instead of nulls (it was correct the other way round). Any
code that relies on such incorrect behavior will need to be
Other changes in JRI are mostly related to Windows support
(bugfixes R 2.11.0 and Windows 64-bit support)
o run.bat is now installed as part of JRI
o REngine and JRIEngine classes are now included in rJava/JRI
although they are not loaded by default.
o .r2j now has convert parameter to allow the creation of
pure references (convert=FALSE)
o toJava() is a new function equivalent to .r2j but resulting
in REngine API references (instances of REXPReference).
By default the references are not resolved since the primary
use is to pass R functions to Java for callbacks.
o set text mode for stdin on Windows (thanks to Brian Ripley)
o fix support of NULL arguments in new(J("SomeClass"), ...)
o fixed issues in with() and within() when used on jobjRef;
also the evaluation environment is now the parent frame as
o disable AWT tests if NOAWT is set; enable a few more tests
o faster class loader implementation
o added support for 64-bit Windows (thanks to Brian Ripley)
o fixed exception handling on Windows: the access to "call"
was off for Windows builds causing incorrect "call" entries
in exceptions which broke when encountered in try().
o fixed .jcall() which had inadvertently the default for
use.true.class argument set to TRUE. That is considered
a bug since it breaks the original behavior and is against the
idea of .jcall being the low-level interface.
o new exception handling was introduced:
Java exceptions are mapped to Exception conditions which can
be used to catch the exception at R level using e.g tryCatch.
The class name automatically contains "Exception", "error"
and "condition", as well as all the names (without package path)
of the classes in the inheritance tree of the actual class of the
Exception. This allows targetted handlers:
tryCatch(.jnew("foo"), NoClassDefFoundError=function(e) ...)
In addition JNI code now causes an error instead of a warning,
however, some errors internal to JNI may not have an associated
Java exception and thus will fire the usual simpleError
As a consequence of the new error handling exception objects
are now supplied in e$jobj of the handler and .jgetEx()
o added new high-level API using the "J" function. It replaces
the previously used .J()/.jrnew() and .jrcall().
New Java objects are created using new(J("class"), ...) and
static methods and fields are accessed using J("class")$...
The corresponding implementation uses reflection in all cases.
An additional class "jclassName" was created to support static
calls to accessor methods such as $ and calls to new().
o [RF] arrays are now split in two classes : "jrectRef" for rectangular
arrays, similar to R arrays, and jarrayRef for rugged arrays.
Indexing of all arrays is supported using the double bracket
indexer "[[" and "[[<-"
The single indexer "[" is only currently implemented for
rectangular arrays. This is experimental. Replacement ([<-)
is not supported yet.
o [RF] with.jclassName and within.jclassName is added to support
"with" semantics on static fields and methods of java classes.
Double <- J("java.lang.Double" )
with( Double, parseDouble( "10.2" ) )
o [RF] length.jarrayRef queries the number
of objects in a java array. An exception is generated if the
object is not an array. Also array$length can be used
similary to array.length in java
o [RF] .jcast gains arguments "check" and "convert.array". Their
default value is FALSE for backwards compatibility with
previous releases of rJava
o [RF] Binary operators <, >, <=, >= to compare two objects where
at least one is a java object reference.
d <- new( J("java.lang.Double"), 0.0 )
d < 1.0
d < 1L
Comparison of arrays is not currently supported
o [RF] lapply and sapply may now be used on Iterable java objects
such as Vector and java arrays. see ?as.list.jobjRef
o [RF] The generic "clone" function is added, and an implementation for
java objects. an Object must implement the Cloneable
interface, otherwise an exception will be raised.
Furthermore, careful reading of the java documentation
of Object#clone is recommended since this is not standard
java behaviour. Currently "clone" is not supported on
o [RF] A mechanism for "attach"ing java packages has been introduced,
following the mechanism of the RObjectTables package
from the OmegaHat project. This allows to "attach" a set of
java package paths to R's search path:
> attach( javaImport( "java.util", "java.lang" ) )
and then use classes from this package like this :
> new( Vector )
> new( HashMap )
> new( Double, 10.2 )
> new( Integer, 10L )
This feature is currently __very__ experimental and is as
dangerous as any other use of attach
0.7-1 (never released)
o [RF] added .J high-level java constructor (based on reflection
as opposed to complete match as .jnew does)
o [RF] added .jinstanceof and instanceof operator
o when loaded into another JVM (e.g. via JRI), rJava would crash
on any call if .jinit() was missing. Now it correctly reports
o fixed synchronization issues in both JRI and REngine
o fixed bug in $ getter of fields using old .jfield API
o fixed a bug in .jevalArray which failed when the signature
was specified directly (and subsequently .jfield failed in
o improve speed of reflection-based API (.jrcall and `$')
by using native array support in rJava
o reflection API now returns NULL invisibly for void results
o try to find the best match in reflection-based API
using internal Java code (code and idea by
o added with() method for jobjRef (by Romain Francois), see
o added names() method for jobjRef to facilitate code
completion (based on code by RF: http://tr.im/w33B)
o update to JRI 0.5-0
o update to JRI 0.4-3 (adds REngine API, enhanced support for
environments and references)
o allow signatures longer than 256 bytes
o added lib.loc parameter to .jpackage()
o fix --enable-debug to really enable debug code
o improve Windows setup (add only paths if they are not already
listed and check thier presence first) and warn if the system
suffers from PATH truncation bug (or PATH is truncated in
[0.6-branch is created as a stable branch -- see trunk for development]
o substitute $(JAVA_HOME) in configuration flags when necessary
o flag generated strings as UTF-8 and convert incoming strings
into UTF-8 (see note in ?.jcall for details)
This should improve interoperability in non-UTF-8 locales
(most prominent example is Windows)
o add support for object cache - see .jcache() - based
on Java serialization
0.5-2 (never released, turned into 0.6-0)
o add direct support for raw vectors as method parameters
(before .jarray(r) had to be used)
o add .jserialize() and .junserialize() functions for
Java-serialization (do not confuse with R serialization!)
o fix crashes in Windows when Java calls the vfprintf hook
o enhance Java environment checks, add more specific errors
o add support for r.arch system property which allows multi-arch
support on platforms that don't have fat binaries (e.g. Linux)
o **API CHANGE**
The order of arguments of .jfield has been changed to match
the order used in .jcall and the return value is as expected
and doesn't need .jsimplify anymore.
o The implementation of .jfield no longer uses reflection
it supports static fields and .jfield<-() was added.
o Consolidate interface code for static/non-static calls.
It is now possible to call a static method using a non-static
o Add .jpackage function for initialization of Java packages.
See documentation for details, packages should no longer
use .jinit in their initialization code.
o Add preliminary JRI support from R (see .jengine)
o Prepare hooks for de-serialization
o Add support for short Java type
o Add support for convertors
o Fix R-devel compatibility issues
o Fix a memory leak in string array handling
o Use Java settings from R for compilation
o Add a custom class loader
o Fix a bug in .jcastToArray that produced invalid signatures
o Added support for [Z in .jevalArray
o Fix a bug in .jarray missing [ prefix for native type arrays
0.4 branch has been branched off the trunk, see 0.4-branch for NEWS
o Fix Java-side memory leaks (temporary parameters to methods
were not propery released, thanks to Erik van Barneveld for
supplying a reproducible example).
o Fix a bug that caused only the first VM parameter to be passed
on during initialization (thanks to Bernard Rosman for
o .jmkref now accepts plain class names (with .)
o Fix bug in .jarray (and underlying RcreateArray) that was
returning wrong class name if the contents class was an array.
o Add --enable-callbacks option to configure (disabled by
default). The callbacks support is currently incomplete and
o Update URL to http://www.rforge.net/rJava/
o Update to JRI 0.3-7 (LCons, createRJavaRef, assign XT_NONE)
o Added documentation for .jthrow, .jclear and .jgetEx and
a bugfix in .jgetEx
o rJava now uses a namespace. This is still somewhat experimental,
because rJava needs to perform some dirty tricks to unseal
the namespace during initialization. Please test and report!
o Update to JRI 0.3-6 (GIJ fix and fix for R-devel interface changes)
o Replace variadic macros with wrappers (for compilers that don't
support ISO C99).
o Modify JNI error reporting - use warnings instead of direct stderr.
o Update to JRI 0.3-5
o Removed obsolete JNI 1.1 support that is no longer provided
in JDK 1.6 and thus prevented rJava from being used with JDK 1.6
o Update to JRI 0.3-4 (change compilation to force Java 1.4
compatibility even when more recent JDK is used)
o Update to JRI 0.3-3 which fixes API version mistake which
o Added --enable-jri=auto option which will build JRI only if R
shared library is present. It is now the default.
o Update to JRI 0.3-2 (added boolean support)
o .jevalArray now works with Java objects that have not been
cast to a Java array explicitly. The function is now also
o Added .jgetEx and .jclear functions for querying and clearing
of Java exceptions/throwables.
o Added .jthrow to allow throwing of exceptions from R code.
o Fixed a typo in .jrcall when handling string return values.
o Fixed bug in initialization on Windows, introduced in 0.4-4
o Added support for scalar bytes as .jbyte (byte arrays are still
natively represented as RAW vectors)
o Added .r2j function which allows to push R objects into Java as
references. This works only if R is run via JRI, because it
requires a working Rengine instance.
o Fixed bug that prevented loading into existing VM
if the classpath contained duplicate items.
.jmergeClassPath now filters out duplicate paths.
o .jcall and .jnew discard all named parameters that are passed
as `...'. Named parameters are now reserved for future call options
o Converted all S3-methods into S4 methods.
Also `show' is now used instead of `print' and the
output format was changed.
o Protoype for jobjRef is now a valid null-Object
o Added .jequals and corresponding ==, != op methods.
Currently == and != operators feature the same behavior as
.jequals(...,strict=FALSE), i.e. scalar non-Java objects are
converted into Java objects if possible and then compared, so
s <- .jnew("java/lang/String","foo")
s == "foo" # returns TRUE
o Added .jinherits which allows to check Java-side
inheritance using JNI (= isAssignableTo).
o Added .jfindClass and .jclassRef that return Java
o Added check parameter to .jcall and .jnew that allows the caller
to prevent implicit call to .jcheck
It is mainly useful in cases where silent operation
is desired (e.g. in conjunction with try).
Additionally, silent parameter was added to .jnew
o Added is.jnull which is like is.null but also returns
TRUE if the supplied Java object is a null-reference
o Added jlong class and .jlong function. Those were documented in
the tutorial but never really implemented. Still, they may not
be supported in all parts of rJava.
WARNING: conversion between Java's long and R's jlong is lossy!
R stores jlong in doubles so the conversion implies loss of
o improved, documented and fixed handling of fields
.jfield is dedicated accessor with more options
o Update to JRI 0.2-5 (no change in rJava)
o Fixed bug in Windows initialization
o JRI is now included in rJava
o fixed a minor bug in Rglue.c that may prevent older
compilers from compiling it.
o .jinit has an additional parameter `parameters' that allows
users to pass additional parameters to the VM (such as -X...)
o .jinit now uses a hack (defined in .jmergeClassPath) that
allows us to modify the class path of a running VM. This may
or may not work for a specific VM, because it is an ugly hack
exploiting some implementational features of the VM.
See .jmergeClassPath source for reference and explanation.
o .jarray now supports the use of .jarray(x) where x is a Java
reference. The documentation requires you to use
.jarray(list(x)), but since the use of .jarray(x) seems to be
a very common mistake, we may as well silently support it.
o .jarray has an optional parameter contents.class which allows
the global specification of the class type for arrays of
objects. (Untested, use with care! In most cases .jcast is
probably what you really want.)
o Added some more support for floats, longs and byte arrays.
0.3-7 2006-01-31 (non-public release)
o New, experimental feature has been added - JNI cache. This
feature can be enabled by passing --enable-jni-cache argument
to configure. Normally, each time we access JVM we retrieve
new JNI environment to make sure there are no threading
issues. In single-threaded environment this is superfluous, so
we may as well cache it. The idea is to reduce the
overhead. However, the gain is not as huge as expected, so it
is not enabled by default. Also note that threads and
jni-cache are mutually exclusive.
o Another even more experimental feature has been added -
support for threads. This feature is enabled by using
--enable-threads configure argument. When threads support is
enabled, JVM is started on a thread separate from the main
thread. Some implementations of AWT classes require
this. However, it is not always safe to use, because R event
loop is unaware of the separate thread and can deadlock it.
0.3 2005-12-19 [finalizers, arrays]
0.2 2005-09-03 [S4 classes]
0.1 2003-08-26 [initial release]