Support Status of IcedTea 2.x Releases

Martin Buchholz martinrb at
Wed Jun 12 16:08:47 PDT 2013

Thanks for your great work on this.
I'm trying to understand the release/build model for icedtea, and it's a
little confusing.
I can't find good documentation on the various kinds of icedtea changes.
Upstreamed changes are easy to understand, but there's changes to
icedtea7-forest-2.4, patches in icedtea7-2.4/patches, and patches in
Is it true that boot/patches are only used when --disable-bootstrap=no?
Why would patches end up in icedtea7-forest-2.4 rather than in
The icedtea7 forests aren't well advertised.  Are they supposed to be an
implementation detail?
Is building them independently as just another openjdk a
reasonable/supported thing to do?
icedtea7-2.4/INSTALL refers to
but that looks obsolete.
is the use of the word "creat" a typo or a Unix in-joke?
> Most targets in IcedTea creat stamp files in the stamps directory to

On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 3:45 AM, Andrew Hughes <gnu.andrew at>wrote:

> This is an update on the status of the various IcedTea 2.x releases,
> following
> the release of 2.4.0 (
> * The 2.1.x series will remain supported until the ARM32 JIT is available
> in a
> later release.  This should be true of at least the 2.3.x series by the
> end of
> the year.
> * The 2.2.x series will be updated as part of the next security update (due
> in just over a week on the 18th/19th of June, 2013, depending on what
> timezone
> you're in).  After that, it will no longer be supported.
> * The 2.3.x and 2.4.x series will be supported until the release of 2.5.0
> and 2.6.0 respectively.
> This information has now been included on our release policy page:
> Thanks,
> --
> Andrew :)
> Free Java Software Engineer
> Red Hat, Inc. (
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