Ah, so this task was a cleanup activity that was observed
during code review, but was not completed (yet).
It's interesting that it has been 8 years now, and there have
been no symptoms noticed from this particular choice of
It appears that
DERBY-3428 is also involved, as that was the initial project where the code review occurred.
Let's look through those issues in more detail, and look at the code in question with fresh eyes, and see if we can understand
more about what issues the reviewers were concerned with.