Hi - is there a group of people working on OpenJDK 8 for OpenBSD?

Kurt Miller kurt at intricatesoftware.com
Mon Apr 27 18:53:20 UTC 2015

Hi Bryan,

Thanks for digging into it. Some comments inline below.

On Mon, 2015-04-27 at 13:34 -0400, Bryan C. Everly wrote:
> OK.  It compiled for quite some time and then hit a warning that
> caused the build to stop.  Apparently there is a "treat warnings as
> errors" flag set in the build scripts. 
> I found it in hotspot/bsd/makefiles/gcc.make and commented it out just
> to keep moving.

There's getting it to compile and then there's doing the porting work to
address OpenBSD differences. I never treated the two steps separately
and fixed each problem correctly as I hit them. Pushing forward and
ignoring or patching away these problems will give you a result that
doesn't work very well. Debugging issues from Java programs back to the
C/C++ hotspot/jdk code can be difficult to say the least. If the
compiler is telling there's a problem, it will save lots of time later
if you address it upfront. In most cases you can just look at
bsd-port/bsd-port (OpenJDK 7) for the solution.

> Next error I hit was in os_posix.cpp on line 175 and 195.  RLIMIT_AS
> was not declared in this scope.  From looking at the man page for
> getrlimit() it looks like that is one that isn't available on OpenBSD.
> While I should have spent more time looking for an analog (maybe
> RLIMIT_RSS or RLIMIT_DATA?) I just put an #ifndef __OpenBSD__ around
> the two code segments and pressed on.

Please see bsd-port/bsd-port (OpenJDK 7) for the correct way to deal
with this on OpenBSD:


Memory management on OpenBSD is different then other operating systems
due to ASLR and the use of mmap for malloc. I have incorporated those
differences into the OpenJDK 7 port. You should port those OpenBSD
specific parts forward instead of creating new solutions. The current
ones have been tested over many years of use.

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Thanks for starting this effort.


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