Solaris-only flag with newer gcc = build failed

Pierre Laporte pierre at
Sat May 12 13:52:39 UTC 2012

Hi OpenJDK people !

I tried to build the latest version of OpenJDK on my machine, but ran into
a problem during the compilation.
The error I got was "gcc: error: unrecognized command line option

I am not a C/C++ programmer but I found out that this option is for Solaris
only. It is used at line 70 in the
file ./jdk/make/common/shared/Compiler-gcc.gmk
It seems that the problem is related to gcc v4.7, which is the version I
used. I found a JIRA on JRuby where a user had the same problem (see
"References" below).

I removed that option form the file Compiler-gcc.gmk and the build
was successful. Was that the right thing to do or should I expect JVM
crashes ?

I did not try to build the package using older versions of gcc, so I
suppose that previous versions did tolerate the presence of this flag even
if it is useful only on Solaris. Can someone confirm this ?

Sources :



Pierre Laporte
pierre at
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