<AWT Dev> RFR: JDK-8145596 Enable debug symbols for all libraries
Magnus Ihse Bursie
magnus.ihse.bursie at oracle.com
Thu Dec 17 13:43:40 UTC 2015
For historical reasons, the FDS (Full Debug Symbols) project only
enabled debug symbols for a few select libraries, since this was
difficult to achieve in the old build. Also, the FDS project never
enabled debug symbols for macosx on the JDK libraries.
With the new build system, debug symbols come for free for all
libraries, and we actually have to do extra work to keep them out. :-&
We should just stop doing that. It hurts no-one to have proper debug
information for all libraries, it might come in helpful, and just doing
it everywhere would simplify build logic.
This is mainly a build change, but I'm cc:ing the component teams just
This patch leverages JDK-8036003, but provides a cleaner implementation
of this logic in the makefiles. Instead of the vague
ENABLE_DEBUG_SYMBOLS, I have introduced three clearly defined variables:
The various settings of --with-native-debug-symbols turns these
variables on/off depending on what we want to achieve, and the makefiles
check these variables to determine what compiler flags to use, whether
to run objcopy (or similar) and whether to zip the extracted symbols,
A fourth variable (STRIP_DEBUG_SYMBOLS) is needed to fully complement
this, but the way we handle stripping is complex in it's own right, and
I've saved that for a separate patch.
Note that this patch intentionally does not affect the Hotspot build
system. The variables for the hotspot build is kept unchanged. When the
new build-infra based hotspot build system arrives, the functionality
introduced in this patch will be automatically used. Until then, I
prefer not to mess any more than necessary with the hotspot makefiles.
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