Custom jlink images and dynamically linked shared libraries

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Mon Dec 17 16:00:06 UTC 2018

On 17/12/2018 08:38, Severin Gehwolf wrote:
> Hi,
> It appears to be that jlink-produced custom images rely on the fact
> that jmods in the module-path have been produced with static linking
> and bundled libraries. This assumption might not always hold for
> downstream builders.
> Since JDK 9+ there are build options to use system lcms, system jpeg,
> system gif libs etc. Example:
> $ bash configure [...]--with-libpng=system
> If a build was produced in such a way, the resulting image would then
> depend on a similar (if not same) system libpng than the host on which
> the original JDK - used for the module-path - has been built.
> Some background info is here:
> Has this been considered at all? Am I wrong in thinking that the
> canonical answer for this is: Don't build the JDK that way
jlink doesn't run `ldd` or equivalent to find the shared objects that 
native libraries in a packaged module might depend on. It could, as a 
plugin perhaps, to identify that the system doesn't have the required 
libraries. This won't work of course for cases where you generate the 
run-time image on one system and then copy it to another system that 
doesn't have the libraries.


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