RFR: JDK-8145564: 8036003: startup regression on linux fastdebug builds

Erik Joelsson erik.joelsson at oracle.com
Thu Dec 17 07:54:53 UTC 2015

On 2015-12-17 01:40, David Holmes wrote:
> On 17/12/2015 7:35 AM, Erik Joelsson wrote:
>> One more thing, where should this fix be pushed? Do you need it urgently
>> in hs-rt?
> It is urgently needed in both the hs-rt and hs-comp repos as it 
> affects nightly testing and JPRT. If Alejandro agrees I suggest 
> pushing to jdk9/hs and it can then be pulled down to the team repos.
Will do.
> With regard to the fix ... previously DEBUG_BINARIES was never set in 
> spec.gmk and so was never externally introduced into the hotspot build 
> this way. So why not simply change the name of the variable so that it 
> has no affect on the hotspot part of the build?
Well, we don't want it affecting the jdk part of the build either at 
this point. This patch aims to restore the "external" and "zipped" 
settings to exactly what they were before the patch, as was promised.

We will followup with a more complete fix.

> Thanks,
> David
>> /Erik
>> On 2015-12-16 22:34, Erik Joelsson wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Please review this quick fix for the build issue introduced in Hotspot
>>> by JDK-8036003. The short story is that if you set DEBUG_BINARIES=true
>>> when building Hotspot fastdebug, you essentially get a slowdebug
>>> build. For an explanation of why, see comment in bug. This behavior is
>>> of course also a bug, but not something I will address in this quick 
>>> fix.
>>> What happened in JDK-8036003 was that a new configure API for
>>> controlling debug symbols was introduced. The two main settings of
>>> this new parameter, --with-native-debug-symbols, that we use
>>> internally at Oracle are "external" and "zipped". It was important to
>>> us that the behavior of these did not change with JDK-8036003, but
>>> exactly that did happen, because both of these settings now cause
>>> DEBUG_BINARIES=true to be set. This variable has never been set by
>>> configure before and because of the above weird behavior in the
>>> Hotspot makefiles, we are having problems.
>>> My proposed quick fix is to not set DEBUG_BINARIES=true for "external"
>>> or "zipped". It can remain true for "internal" since Oracle never
>>> builds it that way, and I understand those that requested this new
>>> configure parameter were setting DEBUG_BINARIES=true as a workaround
>>> before this anyway, so they should be fine with the broken fastdebug
>>> behavior for a while more. I will file a follow up bug to properly
>>> clean up this mess, but it will take some more time.
>>> Bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8145564
>>> Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~erikj/8145564/webrev.01/
>>> /Erik

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