bash configure fails on missing VS tools dir

Erik Joelsson erik.joelsson at
Wed Jan 3 13:24:07 UTC 2018

Hello Nir,

On 2018-01-03 13:05, Nir Lisker wrote:
> When trying to build JDK 11 on Windows 10 with VS Express 2013 Update 4 (as
> stated in the docs - the highest supported version) the build fails:
AFAIK, this should work, though I have only ever used VS 2013 Professional.
> bash configure  --with-tools-dir='C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual
> Studio 12.0\VC\bin'
If VS is properly installed in the default location, there should be no 
need to specify --with-tools-dir. Configure will look in the default 
location automatically.
> ...
> configure: Found Visual Studio installation at /cygdrive/c/Program Files
> (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0/ using --with-tools-dir
> configure: Warning: vc/bin/amd64/vcvars64.bat is missing, this is probably
> Visual Studio Express. Ignoring
> configure: Found Visual Studio installation at /cygdrive/c/Program Files
> (x86)/ using --with-tools-dir
> configure: Warning: vc/bin/amd64/vcvars64.bat is missing, this is probably
> Visual Studio Express. Ignoring
> configure: The path given by --with-tools-dir does not contain a valid
> configure: Visual Studio installation. Please point to the VC/bin or
> VC/bin/amd64
> configure: directory within the Visual Studio installation
> configure: error: Cannot locate a valid Visual Studio installation
> configure exiting with result code 1
> /Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0/VC/bin/ does not contain an /amd64 folder,
> instead it has /x86_amd64. Also, vcvars64.bat is located directly under
> /VC/bin.
This is strange. Looking at the configure source, we assume that the VS 
installation should contain "vc/bin/amd64/vcvars64.bat". If that file 
isn't found, configure doesn't recognize the VS installation. 
Unfortunately I don't have an Express installation to look at, but my 
old professional installation has that file. In VC/bin I only have 

I'm pretty sure this layout was how the express edition used to look as 
well. Otherwise Magnus wouldn't have written the build doc claiming it 
would work.

This means the file layout for Visual Studio 2013 has changed, or that 
it's different on Windows 10 (our builds are on older versions of 
Windows still).

If you would like to try to fix this, the logic that needs updating is 
in make/autoconf/toolchain_windows.m4, in the macro 
> Iv'e made another attempt using /Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0/VC/bin/ which
> resulted in the same error. This folder also has vcvars64.bat directly
> under it. It also contains an /amd64 folder with a couple of dlls inside.
> Since I'm specifying the path to the /VC/bin dir I don't understand why
> it's still complaining. What am I doing wrong?
Because of how different the versions of Visual Studio are, configure 
will not automatically assume or try a different version than the 
default without being told to. If you want to try 2012, you need to tell 
configure using --with-toolchain-version=2012. No need to specify tools 
dir as long as it's installed in the default location.
> On a related note, is it possible to update the build requirements to work
> with VS 2017? OpenJFX already uses this version.
This will likely happen in JDK 11 time frame. Note though that changing 
compilers is usually a pretty big effort so it will take a while.

> - Nir

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