Zlib level in JDK7

Steve Poole spoole at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu Feb 17 07:15:56 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-02-16 at 12:53 +0000, Alan Bateman wrote:
> Steve Poole wrote:
> > :
> > I can appreciate why you want to be cautious right now - but it is
> > important that the codebase is regularly upgraded. If IcedTea have shown
> > that 1.2.5 is "ok"  then I'd say the risk is quite low. 
> >
> > For JDK 8 it would make sense to discuss the pros and cons of relying on
> > the system version of zlib.  I can make the case either way though.
> >   
> We should probably add a build option around this so there is the option 
> of using the system zip library in preference to compiling the zlib copy 
> in the repository. However, I don't think we can get away from keeping a 
> copy in the repository as we need to be able to compile to platforms 
> that don't have zlib.
> Do you have cycles to do testing with zlib 1.2.5, ideally on platforms 
> other than Linux? (I suggest platforms other than Linux as it does 
> appear that this version is used there and it would really help to get 
> confirmation that all is well on other platforms too).
What sort of testing did you have in mind?   You mean run the zlib tests
and/or OpenJDK testcases?
> -Alan.

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