new build system configure step - a small suggestion

Erik Joelsson erik.joelsson at
Tue May 28 11:47:05 UTC 2013

This has been brought up before and is a good idea. At least the headers 
could be checked for in one go. The compiler is needed to check for 
headers, so that would need to be a separate run.

Creating bug JDK-8015483 to track the suggestion.


On 2013-05-28 13:36, Maurizio Cimadamore wrote:
> Hi,
> as I recently went through the process of reinstalling my OS, I had to 
> get the JDK build up and running again (with Ubuntu). As expected, 
> configure kept failing because of missing libraries; I counted 4 
> failures:
> *) build-essential missing (gcc, etc.)
> *) X headers missing
> *) cups headers missing
> *) alsa headers missing
> Since the output of the configure tool is already very good (i.e. it 
> gives you the apt command needed to fetch missing stuff), wouldn't it 
> be possible to somehow go through an entire scan of the system, and 
> then report back a unique list of missing stuff instead of forcing 
> users to do this trial and error approach?
> Of course this is a very minor adjustment to an overall very 
> user-friendly process; I only wanted to share my experience.
> Thanks
> Maurizio

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