Help building under Windows7 64-bit

Andrew John Hughes ahughes at
Tue Jun 8 15:28:41 UTC 2010

On 8 June 2010 15:20, Dalibor Topic <Dalibor.Topic at> wrote:
> Andrew John Hughes wrote:
>> This seems to be common with ex-proprietary codebases; I remember
>> having major issues building Firefox back in the day, and some of the
>> worst build systems I can think of other than OpenJDK are OpenOffice
>> and Chromium...
> Cross-platform build systems for native code that need to go through a
> bootstrapping step to create tools used later in the build are by their
> nature non-trivial. Take a look at the gcc build system, for another
> example -> ohloh claims that 7% of the gcc code is written in autoconf.
> [1] ;)

Having worked on it, I can believe that...

Any large aging codebase is going to have these kind of problems, but
there tend to be even more foibles when you have a codebase that has
henceforth been restricted to a known set of users being thrust out
into the wild.  The SLASHJAVA idea is just one of the things that
springs to mind from the OpenJDK codebase that probably wouldn't be
there, had it been open from the start.

> cheers,
> dalibor topic
> [1]
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