Review request 8136930: Simplify use of module-system options by custom launchers

Alexandre (Shura) Iline alexandre.iline at
Thu Aug 11 14:47:12 UTC 2016

Hi, Mandy.

Could you help to identify what tests in the JTreg suite(s) require more work to switch to the new options?

Or the other way around: which tests have been fixed with this commit?

Thank you.

> On Aug 5, 2016, at 1:11 PM, Mandy Chung <mandy.chung at> wrote:
> This patch renames the module-system options to GNU-style as specified
> in JEP 293 [1] (see below for the new proposed option names).  This
> addresses the problems discussed in [2] that the launcher will pass 
> the module-system options down to the VM in the form of <option>=<value>.
> This provides a consistent way to configure the module system and
> simplify use of module-system options by custom launcher.  This patch
> also updates several JDK tools including jlink, jmod, jimage, jar,
> javac, javap, javadoc, javah, jdeps such that the GNU-style 
> module-system options are consistent across all tools.
> Webrev:
> Harold has posted a separate code review for the hotspot change [3].
> webrev.00 includes changes in all repos except hotspot.  webrev-langtools.00
> includes the changes in langtools repo (this may be convenient for
> those who wants to review langtools change only).
> Note that existing -cp and -classpath have no change and continue to
> be supported.  New long form option `--class-path` and `--help` are 
> added to java, javac, and other tools where applicable.
> For transition, all old options except -listmods continue to be 
> supported by the java launcher, javac, javadoc, javap, javah.  
> I propose to remove the old options in two weeks after this patch
> is promoted (i.e. two promoted builds to go through the transition).
> Mandy
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> Existing Options                    New Options
> -addmods                            --add-modules
> -classpath | -cp | --classpath      -classpath | -cp | --class-path
> -limitmods                          --limit-modules
> -listmods                           --list-modules
> -m                                  --module | -m
> -modulepath | -mp | --modulepath    --module-path | -p
> -modulesourcepath                   --module-source-path
> --plugin-module-path                (no change)
> -processormodulepath                --processor-module-path
> -upgrademodulepath                  --upgrade-module-path
> -XaddExports                        --add-exports
> -XaddReads                          --add-reads
> -Xpatch                             --patch-module
> -bootclasspath                      --boot-class-path | -bootclasspath
> -processorpath                      --processor-path  | -processor-path
> -sourcepath                         --source-path | -sourcepath
> -system                             --system
> -release                            --release

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