bash configure fails on missing VS tools dir

Erik Joelsson erik.joelsson at
Wed Jan 3 14:54:44 UTC 2018

Hello Nir,

On 2018-01-03 15:34, Nir Lisker wrote:
> 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 files.
> Error: Cannot continue
> I downloaded autoconf 2.69. How do I point to it? There is no 
> installation.
If you downloaded the src distro, then you need to compile and install 
it with something like

$ ./configure
$ make
$ make install

On Windows it's probably easier to just get it through cygwin. Note that 
the cygwin installer probably still lists autoconf as an old version in 
the name, but last I checked it was 2.69 that they actually provided. On 
Linux, just use your favorite package installation tool (apt, yum etc).

As long as it's on the path, will pick it up. Configure will 
also detect that you changed an .m4 file and run for you 
automatically, which is what happened to you above.

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