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

David Holmes david.holmes at oracle.com
Thu Dec 17 08:08:53 UTC 2015

On 17/12/2015 5:54 PM, Erik Joelsson wrote:
> 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.

I had not inferred from any of this that what was being done via 
NativeCompilation.gmk was in any way a problem. I would have expected 
any problems there to be readily seen before this was reviewed and 
pushed. So I'm a bit confused about this.

I'm tempted to say rollback the whole thing rather than hack at it.

And apologies as I'm just about to go offline for a few hours at least.


> We will followup with a more complete fix.
> /Erik
>> 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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