New project: getting rid of IcedTea local patches

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at
Wed Apr 1 10:55:11 PDT 2009

2009/4/1 Kelly O'Hair <Kelly.Ohair at>:
> Andrew Haley wrote:
>> 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.
> Sounds great.
> I can certainly help out with any build related (makefiles etc.)
> changes.
> -kto

Good, because to my knowledge, those form the majority :)
However, my guess would also be that some require extensive reworking
to be generally acceptable (e.g. providing the option to build using
system libraries rather than forcing it).
Andrew :-)

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