Integrated: 8256308: Send arguments to javac server in a config file

Magnus Ihse Bursie ihse at
Tue Nov 24 11:17:06 UTC 2020

On Thu, 12 Nov 2020 22:13:37 GMT, Magnus Ihse Bursie <ihse at> wrote:

> Currently, to use the javac server, a horrendously long command line option is created, looking like this: `--server:portfile=<path to portfile>:sjavac=<command to launch server>`, where the sjavac command has had all spaces replaced by %20. Since Project Jigsaw, the set of module arguments needed is huge to begin with, making this command line incomprehensible after mangling.
> Apart from making java command lines hard to read (and copy/paste!) by developers, it also makes it hard for scripts to parse. The upcoming winenv rewrite is dependent on being able to differentiate between path names and other arguments, which is not possible in this mess.
> So, instead, let's write it to a file, without any escaping, and just pass the configuration file name to the server.
> Note that this will change the behavior of the javac server, but as the source code states this is not a documented or externally supported API no CSR is needed. 
> I also cleaned up some code in SjavacClient, in particular code relating to the passing of arguments. (We never change poolsize or keepalive when we call it.)

This pull request has now been integrated.

Changeset: 9e4944f7
Author:    Magnus Ihse Bursie <ihse at>
Stats:     136 lines in 3 files changed: 59 ins; 40 del; 37 mod

8256308: Send arguments to javac server in a config file

Reviewed-by: erikj, jfranck



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