RFR: 8016780: (xs) README-builds.html misses crucial requirement on bootstrap JDK

Stuart Marks stuart.marks at oracle.com
Tue Jun 18 00:21:14 UTC 2013

On 6/17/13 4:02 PM, Kelly O'Hair wrote:
> Rule #1 Nobody reads the README
> Rule #2 When things go wrong, blame the README
> I of course have no objection to the change, however, I'm not convinced it will
> help much the next time someone runs into this. :^(

Hi Kelly! You still read this stuff here? :-)

Yeah, I have no illusions that changing the README will prevent many, if any, 
future occurrences of this problem. However, we had an internal discussion on 
this incident where the N-1 rule was asserted. There was no dispute about the 
rule, but I went off to find where it was documented, and found only the fairly 
weak statement in the README. So, at the very least, that ought to be fixed.

A stronger step would be to modify configure to check the version of the boot 
JDK and to complain if it doesn't match N-1. Or perhaps even N-1 and update >= 
7. What do you think? I was considering filing an RFE.

A restriction in configure would probably be more effective at preventing these 
kinds of errors.


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