Fate of jdk.packager and jdk.packager.services?

Michael Paus mp at jugs.org
Tue Aug 7 17:02:06 UTC 2018

I don't know whether the following statement is still valid, but if it is,
then it may not be worth the effort to resurrect the old javapackager
if at least an EA build of the new one is so close.

On 6/27/2018 3:30 PM, Kevin Rushforth wrote:
>/We're aiming to get this into JDK 12 early enough so that an EA build />/would be available around the time JDK 11 ships. That will allow you />/to take a jlinked image with JDK 11 and package it up using (the EA) />/jpackager./


Am 07.08.18 um 18:49 schrieb Kevin Rushforth:
> Someone could certainly do that.
> We think there is enough interest in having a standard tool that it is 
> worth spending effort on a replacement tool that will be part of 
> standard JDK builds, including OpenJDK builds that have never had 
> javapackager. In the mean time, if a standalone build of javapackager 
> works for you, then that's great.
> -- Kevin
> On 8/7/2018 9:16 AM, johns at msli.com wrote:
>> The motivation for a new packager states a need for a a packager, but
>> not why the javapackager can't continue.
>> With all the work that went into javapackager, why can't it simple be
>> released for continued development outside Oracle, if they don't want to
>> maintain it.
>> The javapackager has worked well for a few years, so why reinvent a
>> packager with fewer features, rather than expand features, and clear 
>> bugs?
>> On 08/07/2018 05:03 AM, Lennart Börjeson wrote:
>>> Well, while I can surely use the packager from JDK 10 and bundle my 
>>> application with 11, I'd still miss out on the packager service, 
>>> i.e. the application would not be able to use the UserJvmOptions.
>>> It seems to me the packager service has been completely forgotten? 
>>> JDK-8200758 does not mention it at all.
>>> /Lennart
>>>> 7 aug. 2018 kl. 13:45 skrev Nir Lisker <nlisker at gmail.com>:
>>>> Hi Lennart,
>>>> You should be able to use the packager from JDK 10, see 
>>>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8203379 
>>>> <https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8203379>.
>>>> There is a draft for a replacement, see 
>>>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8200758 
>>>> <https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8200758>.
>>>> - Nir
>>>> On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 12:28 PM, Lennart Börjeson 
>>>> <lenborje at gmail.com <mailto:lenborje at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>> I'm migrating to JDK 11 and OpenJFX 11, and would like to continue 
>>>> using the packager and the associated packager service (i.e. the 
>>>> UserJvmOptions).
>>>> AFAIK, those are gone from the available binary builds, but still 
>>>> there in the code. Is there a way to use them without resorting to 
>>>> build openjfx myself? If not, is there some alternative to the 
>>>> UserJvmOptions?
>>>> (I'm currently working around my problems by building both openjfx 
>>>> and the JDK, and bundling openjfx with the JDK, just like in the 
>>>> good old days...)
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> /Lennart Börjeson

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