Mystery meat OpenJDK builds strike again

Florian Weimer fweimer at
Mon May 27 10:39:12 UTC 2019

* Martijn Verburg:

> On Mon, 27 May 2019 at 11:13, Florian Weimer <fweimer at> wrote:
>  * Gil Tene:
>  > root at 020dc36b9046:/# java -version
>  > openjdk version "1.8.0_212"
>  > OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_212-8u212-b01-1~deb9u1-b01)
>  > OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.212-b01, mixed mode)
>  > root at 020dc36b9046:/#
>  I wonder if the core technical issue is this: Debian stretch currently
>  packages OpenJDK 8 8u212-b01, when it should be packaging 8u212-b03 or
>  8u212-b04 (which one isn't clear, the release announcement
>  <>
>  was for 8u212-b03, not for 8u212-b04 or 8u212-ga).
>  My understanding is that 8u212-b01 is a version identifier created by
>  the jdk8u project, and based on a quick check, it matches what Debian
>  identifies as its upstream sources (except for some stripping of system
>  library components).  But it's not the most current release.
> It's one of the challenges, the rest of the world doesn't necessarily
> know about the new `-ga ` tag that we use to designate releases, so we
> need to go and help them.

Right.  <> could
mention these tags and link to official tarball(s).  I suspect this page
is the permanent, quasi-official release announcement due to the limitations.

It would also help to have a permanent location *anywhere* which is
compatible with distribution upstream watch files.


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