Source tarballs

Xiomara Jayasena Xiomara.Jayasena at Sun.COM
Tue Dec 11 00:17:51 UTC 2007

Hi Arnd-Hendrik,

Arnd-Hendrik Mathias wrote:
> Hi Xiomara,
> many thanks for your quick reply.
>> Now that the OpenJDK source is available "live" in the hg 
>> repositories it does not make sense to have source tar balls.  If we 
>> had tar balls this would be out of date with the live repositories, 
>> since this would be a snapshot of the repos at a given moment in time. 
> I'd generally prefer to use specific snapshots (quite "stable" tagged 
> ones best) over checkouts of any arbitrary status (at least for a 
> dependable system for daily work).
That can still be done by pulling the specific tagged repo. 
>> What is preventing you from using hg to do a fclone and get the source?
> I am trying to resolve dependencies of other software to build and 
> install by updating my OpenJDK installation. Each additional software 
> package means additional effort by further dependencies (like hg 
> depends on python and a merge program) where each of them means the 
> additional risk of unresolvable dependencies. As I learned in the last 
> months of installing my PC, support for pure 64bit Linux is not a 
> matter of course. That's why I'm trying to avoid to raise another 
> couple of ToDos and to reduce the effort to building the OpenJDK from 
> a packed snapshot.
> Does the decision mean that snapshots will generally no longer be 
> offered for download in a packed bundle?
We really didn't see the need, hence we decided to get rid of them.  It 
seems anyone working in JDK 7 may need to become familiar with hg -- 
that said I appreciate your input.  Here at Sun we will no longer be 
using the tarred source and expect engineers to do clones and that is 
the same expectation for developers outside of Sun.   If many people 
think this is crucial then the decision can be re-evaluated.

Note: instructions, procedures, process, etc. are still coming... please 
bare with us as we get all this new stuff in place.  In the meantime see

    * *Build Infrastructure bloggers*
          o Kelly O'Hair (
          o Kelly O'Hair ( <>

Again thank you for your input :)
> Best regards
> Arnd-Hendrik

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