Build failures on OS X 10.9.3

Magnus Ihse Bursie magnus.ihse.bursie at
Tue Sep 16 17:44:22 UTC 2014

On 2014-09-16 17:41, Ben Evans wrote:
> Hi,
>> I suspect it'll be easier to just install gcc on your mac. The last time I
>> checked openjdk 8 didn't compile correctly with clang, so you might also
>> have to patch the source code as well as the autoconf scripts.
> So Apple are now shipping a compiler by default, but it's clang, which
> they've aliased to gcc, despite the fact that the binaries differ?
> So all the standard hacks from earlier OS versions where you test for
> the presence of certain binaries to see whether devtools are installed
> are now bust?
> Well, isn't that ... lovely?
> I'd be intruigued to know whether OpenJDK 9 will build with Clang, as
> the autoconf seems happy with the behaviour of "gcc". I might install
> the TrueType headers and see how far that gets.
OpenJDK 9 is supposed to compile properly with clang on macosx. 
Configure will auto-select clang if your Xcode version is >= N, for some 
number of N (I suspect 5, but I'm not sure).

As for the freetype issue, I'm not sure I understand the problem. Do you 
believe there is a regression? Freetype is and has always been a build 
requirement for OpenJDK. Is the problem that OpenJDK 9 suddenly cannot 
locate freetype automatically, when this has worked before?

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