RFR: JDK-8238225: Issues reported after replacing symlink at Contents/MacOS/libjli.dylib with binary

Magnus Ihse Bursie magnus.ihse.bursie at oracle.com
Wed Feb 5 09:53:49 UTC 2020

On 2020-02-04 18:45, Erik Joelsson wrote:
> Does anyone have an opinion on this?
The solution seems sound to me. I'm having a hard time figuring out if 
the string manipulations in java_md_macosx.m are correct; as Christoph 
is saying, they might not be. I realize you have copied an existing 
pattern, and is likely subject to constraints, but that does not make it 
easier to read.

> /Erik
> On 2020-01-31 07:31, Erik Joelsson wrote:
>> In JDK-8235687 the MacOS bundle distribution of the JDK was changed 
>> to conform to Apple requirements by changing 
>> Contents/MacOS/libjli.dylib from a symlink into 
>> ../Home/lib/libjli.dylib to a copy of that file. The problem with 
>> having a symlink there is that Contents/MacOS/libjli.dylib is the 
>> declared CFBundleExecutable of the bundle and that executable may not 
>> be a symlink. The history around why that particular library was put 
>> there seems lost in ancient history. All we know is that it was there 
>> when Apple donated the Mac port and according to this bug report, 
>> there are users out there relying on it.
>> When changing Contents/MacOS/libjli.dylib to a copy, loading that 
>> dylib and using it to launch a JVM no longer works. This patch fixes 
>> that by making libjli.dylib aware of potentially being located there 
>> and if so, finding the JDK home dir in ../Home.
>> I've also expanded the existing test for launching a JVM through 
>> libjli.dylib directly to also test this location when possible. In 
>> local testing, this will not be covered unless the user explicitly 
>> specifies that the JDK under test should be the bundle image on the 
>> command line like this:
>> $ make test-only TEST=open/test/jdk/tools/launcher/JliLaunchTest.java 
>> JDK_IMAGE_DIR=$PWD/build/macosx-x64/images/jdk-bundle/jdk-15.jdk/Contents/Home
>> But, at least in Oracle's distributed testing, the JDK on MacOS is 
>> distributed in the bundle layout, so there this functionality will be 
>> tested.
>> Bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8238225
>> Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~erikj/8238225/webrev.01/
>> /Erik

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