Upcoming OpenJDK infrastructure projects

cowwoc cowwoc at bbs.darktech.org
Mon Sep 15 15:33:41 UTC 2008

Hi Dan,

I will happily help you guys out if you run into any problems getting
Manifests working with OpenJDK. While we're on the topic, why is Sun jumping
to VisualStudio 2005 Express when the 2008 is out? As far as I know, there
are no new surprises in 2008 like the manifests and 64-bit support is far
better than in 2005. I recommend you skip 2005 and jump directly to the 2008


dfabulich wrote:
> I'm not sure if this request is in-scope for "OpenJDK infrastructure 
> projects", but I'd like to pipe up in favor of simplifying the 
> Windows build experience.
> Specifically...
> 1) Update the build to work with Visual C++ 2005 Express, the free 
> (no-charge) version of the Visual Studio C++ compiler.
> The fix isn't too hard, but it requires a bit of figuring: 
> http://bugs.sun.com/view_bug.do?bug_id=6523947
> 2) Provide support for building under MSYS make/shell, perhaps instead of 
> Cygwin.
> Cygwin make doesn't handle paths of the form "c:/code/openjdk" and has 
> stated that they intend not to; they recommend using the MinGW MSYS make 
> instead of Cygwin make for these purposes.
> http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2006-07/msg00671.html
> The Mozilla project updated their Cygwin-only build to work under MSYS, 
> and now offer a convenient installer to set the whole thing up. 
> Something like that for OpenJDK would be fantastic, though it's just a 
> dream at this point.  :-)
> http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Windows_Build_Prerequisites
> (Note that I DON'T mean that we should support building with MinGW gcc; 
> that'd be cool, but IMO it's not necessary to build Windows software using 
> a Free-as-in-speech compiler; using a free-as-in-beer compiler is fine for 
> non-free platforms.)
> I'd hoped to begin work on these myself at some point, though I'm pretty 
> busy yet. :-(
> -Dan

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