bash configure fails on missing VS tools dir

Nir Lisker nlisker at
Wed Jan 3 14:34:31 UTC 2018

Thanks for the detailed reply.

Iv'e changed the logic in toolchain_windows.m4 and got this message:

Configure source code has been updated, checking time stamps
Warning: The configure source files is newer than the generated files.
Cannot locate autoconf, unable to correct situation.
Please install autoconf and run 'bash' to update the generated
Error: Cannot continue

I downloaded autoconf 2.69. How do I point to it? There is no installation.

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:24 PM, Erik Joelsson <erik.joelsson at>

> 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 vcvars32.bat.
> 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.
> /Erik
>> - Nir

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