RFR: JDK-8195689 Remove generated-configure.sh and instead use autoconf

Martin Buchholz martinrb at google.com
Fri Jan 19 06:18:13 UTC 2018

Differing projects have come to different conclusions about whether to
include a generated configure.

But the standard seems to be to include one. The mantra is: "./configure &&
make" without an autoconf step.  The number of people building openjdk is
much larger than the number of people patching configure.  So I agree with
David that we should stick with the status quo.

On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 6:14 PM, David Holmes <david.holmes at oracle.com>

> On 18/01/2018 11:28 PM, Magnus Ihse Bursie wrote:
>> Currently, we require all developers who modify the configure script to
>> run autoconf locally, to update the generated-configure.sh script, which is
>> then checked in. This is the only instance of checked in "compiled" code in
>> OpenJDK, and this has brought along several problems:
>> * Only a specific version of autoconf, 2.69, can be used, to avoid large
>> code changes in the generated file. Unfortunately, Ubuntu ships a version
>> of autoconf that claims to be 2.69 but is actually heavily patched. This
>> requires all Ubuntu users to compiler their own autoconf from source.
>> * The Oracle JDK closed sources has a closed version that needs to be
>> updated. In practice, this has meant that all non-Oracle developers, need
>> an Oracle sponsor for patches modifying the configure script.
>> * If the configure script is not properly updated, the build will fail.
>> The same happens on the Oracle side if the closed version is not in sync
>> with the open version. It is easy to miss re-generating the script after
>> the last fix of a typo in the comments in an .m4 file...
>> * Merging between two changes containing configure modifications is
>> almost impossible. In practice, the entire generated-configure.sh needs to
>> be thrown away and regenerated.
>> The entire benefit of having the file in the repo is to save first-time
>> developers the hassle of installing autoconf. On most platforms, this is a
>> no-brainer (like "apt install autoconf"), and the requirement is similar to
>> other open source projects using autoconf and "./configure". It's just not
>> worth it.
> I'm not convinced just by you saying it is so - sorry. This seems to make
> an already complex build process even more complex for every single person
> who wants to build OpenJDK, for the benefit of a handful of people who may
> want to modify configure options and whom already work closely with the
> build team and so there's really little hardship in getting a sponsor, or
> just someone with access to autoconf.
> It introduces a new point of failure in the build for everyone.
> Has this been beta-tested with external contributors? I'd be happier
> knowing we've put this through its paces with people developing on a wide
> range of platforms, before making it the default.
> Have the devkits been updated so I can try this out myself?
> Thanks,
> David
> Bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8195689
>> WebRev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~ihse/JDK-8195689-remove-generate
>> d-configure/webrev.01
>> /Magnus

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