New project: getting rid of IcedTea local patches

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at
Wed Apr 1 09:15:01 PDT 2009

2009/4/1 Andrew Haley <aph at>:
> We at Red Hat have noticed that the list of IcedTea local patches has
> been getting large, with some local patches that should have been
> pushed upstream.  Also, some IcedTea patches have been committed to
> OpenJDK 7 but not OpenJDK 6.
> So, we're going to have a serious attempt to minimize the number of
> IcedTea patches.  We'll create a Wiki page at
> that is a list of the patches, and for every one we're going to
> discuss whether it should stay IcedTea local, be pushed upstream to
> OpenJDK, or be deleted altogether.  Then we will create OpenJDK
> bugzilla entries for the patches that we think should be integrated
> upstream and work with Sun engineers to get that done.
> I hope that it will be possible to reduce the number of patches to a
> fraction of what we have at the moment, while improving the quality of
> the upstream product.
> This is going to be quite a lot of work, so we'd appreciate help from
> anyone.
> I hope this will meet with everyone's approval.
> Andrew.

Great idea!
Andrew :-)

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