Old / New build systems strategy ?

David Holmes david.holmes at oracle.com
Mon Sep 24 04:35:38 PDT 2012

On 24/09/2012 8:50 PM, Henri Gomez wrote:
>> Hi Henri,
>> I don't know of any "official" policy here. The projects adding new features
>> to JDK are gradually moving to the new build system in anticipation of it
>> becoming the default for JDK8 "real soon now". This is true for lambda, and
>> I think Jigsaw (even though no longer targeted to JDK8). Also the new SE
>> Profile work (JEP 161) is only being developed in the new build system (and
>> for limited platforms).
> No policy or recommendation ?

I'm not sure what you are asking. Projects involving significant build 
support are moving to, or already using, the new build as that is the 

> You mention new build system will became be default for JDK8 "real
> soon now", did there is any date or planning available ?

No firm date that I am aware of. The build-infra team have been working 
on getting the new build as bit-for-bit compatible with the existing 
build as feasible. I had hoped to see this work finalized by now, but it 
is still a work in progress.

> My targets are OSX, Linux and Windows in a near future, could I switch
> today to new build systems for them ?

I think Linux is fine. I can't comment on the other platforms as I don't 
build for them.


> Thanks

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