About removing Beanshell/Javascript (Rhino) ?

Julien Nabet serval2412 at yahoo.fr
Sat Jan 22 11:27:08 UTC 2022


Reading https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeanShell, specifically:

"Since Java 9, Java instead includes JShell 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JShell>, a different read–eval–print loop 
(REPL) shell based on Java syntax, indicating that BeanShell will not be 

I wonder if we could remove Beanshell part from LO.

Also, we use Rhino as Javascript engine (Rhino is written in Java). Some 
people proposed C/C++ engine like Spidermonkey or V8 (see 
https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=97827) but it seems 
they may be problematic too because of instable API and specific GC, see 
Michael's comment here: 

However, shouldn't we focus on Basic support and Python and remove the 2 
others or at least Beanshell ?

Goal: diminish Java dependency and maintaining burden by removing code.

Now I must recognize I don't know if these 2 features are used or not. 
Considering number of bugtrackers it doesn't seem so but perhaps it's 
because there are very few bugs.

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