Request for review: Bug 100054: Make building the Nimbus look 'n' feel optional

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at
Thu May 14 22:01:14 UTC 2009

2009/5/14 Phil Race <Phil.Race at>:
> There's public API associated with Nimbus in javax.swing.plaf.nimbus
> so I don't think many people will want to use that facility and it doesn't
> seem appropriate to have it in the jdk7 source train.
> -phil.
> Andrew John Hughes wrote:
>> HI all,
>> I have a simple patch that allows the building of the Nimbus L'n'F
>> (which has a dependency on a specific version of JIBX, 1.1.5) to be
>> turned off so the user can trade build simplicity for a lack of Nimbus
>> support and curved buttons in Swing.
>> The bug report is here:
>> And the webrev is here: (still
>> having some issues getting access to
>> Thanks,

In my experience, it's usually a bad idea to pre-judge what people want.

I created and posted this patch because a number of us working on
OpenJDK have already had issues trying to build with this enabled.
I'm not suggesting by any means that you'd want this enabled in a
production build.  But it helps reduce the build requirements of
completing an OpenJDK build and, to my mind, allowing more people to
build OpenJDK allows more people to make worthwhile contributions.

I've already added this to IcedTea for this reason and I don't see
what harm it does to have the option available upstream.
Andrew :-)

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