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

Alejandro E Murillo alejandro.murillo at oracle.com
Tue Jun 18 06:17:28 UTC 2013

On 6/17/2013 6:22 PM, Jonathan Gibbons wrote:
> On 06/17/2013 05:21 PM, Stuart Marks wrote:
>> 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.
>> s'marks
> Stuart,
> At least make sure you don't break "make bootcycle-images" which 
> deliberately uses the newly built JDK to build itself again.
Very important. Eventually N  will become the N -1, so passing that 
boot-cycle test is a major requirement for safely pushing
any hotspot update into jdkN


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