Why static_jli for java/javaw on Windows?

Magnus Ihse Bursie magnus.ihse.bursie at oracle.com
Fri Sep 14 07:22:25 UTC 2018

On 2018-09-14 01:17, Erik Joelsson wrote:
> I checked and the copying of java.exe was done in the now legacy jre 
> installer, so from what I can tell, there is no longer a need for 
> static linking.

Sounds good. I agree with your reasoning, it seems the main concern was 
the copy to the system directory. A second point was raised in private, 
that the old system of letting the java launcher select another version 
to launch, could be behind this. Neither this system is kept anymore.

Thanks for all input!


> /Erik
> On 2018-09-13 09:14, Erik Joelsson wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Reading that bug, it seems the problem is when the installer copies 
>> java.exe into the Windows system directory. In that case, it may not 
>> have access to the msvcr re-distributables. I will try to find out if 
>> our installers are still doing this.
>> /Erik
>> On 2018-09-13 06:32, Alan Bateman wrote:
>>> On 13/09/2018 14:07, Magnus Ihse Bursie wrote:
>>>> :
>>>> Apparently, someone was trying to get rid of dll dependencies from 
>>>> java.exe. Why that would be desirable it does not say. Neither why 
>>>> this should not apply to all other launchers. (Perhaps there were 
>>>> not that many in these days?)
>>>> Do anyone think this still seems relevant? Otherwise I'd like to 
>>>> get rid of this hack, and link java and javaw just like all the 
>>>> other launchers.
>>> I don't know if it is still needed but it seems to be related to the 
>>> upgrade to VC 7 and an issue related to redistribution issue of the 
>>> MS runtime. JDK-6282039 and JDK-6382014 have some info on this.
>>> -Alan.

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