RFR: JDK-8218807: Compilation database (compile_commands.json) may contain obsolete items

Robin Westberg robin.westberg at oracle.com
Tue Feb 12 08:01:34 UTC 2019

Hi all,

When generating a compilation database by either "make compile-commands" or "make compile-commands-hotspot", every object file that should be built results in a temporary json fragment describing the compiler invocation. However, when the final compile_commands.json file is assembled, all these temporary files are combined, regardless of whether they belong to the current make invocation or were left behind from a previous one. 

This has the unfortunate effect that "make compile-commands" followed by "make compile-commands-hotspot" generates something very different from an initial invocation of "make compile-commands-hotspot". Also, if a source file has been removed, it will still retain an entry in the final compile_commands.json file until the build directory is cleaned. This will lead to errors if generating an IDE project from the compile_commands.json file. 

Proposed solution is to always remove all previous temporary json fragments and generate them again. This generation is quite fast and only adds a second or two for repeated invocations of "make compile-commands”, which should be a reasonable tradeoff for ensuring that the compilation database contains correct information.

Issue: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8218807
Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~rwestberg/8218807/
Testing: make test-make-compile-commands, build windows, linux, mac, solaris

Best regards,

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