[Proposal] jlink plugin which replaces dynamic shared libraries

Severin Gehwolf sgehwolf at redhat.com
Tue Dec 4 12:47:43 UTC 2018


Apologies if this isn't the right list. Please let me know where jlink
related issues are being discussed.

The Problem:
This issue originally surfaced in our packaged OpenJDK 11 builds for
Fedora. If a user created a custom image from the packaged JDK, the
resulting custom image would be huge in size because of non-stripped
debug symbols in the packaged binaries (~500MB vs. ~50MB).

Native libraries and executables in the packaged JDK image would be
properly stripped of debug symbols, but copies of those files in the
jmod files would not be. That has to do with a) How we build for the
Fedora distribution: --with-native-debug-symbols=internal configure
switch. b) When the stripping happens. In the Fedora case, b) happens
external to the OpenJDK build by the RPM build system *after* the
OpenJDK build actually completes. This means copies of native libraries
and executables with full debug symbols would already be "zipped up" in
jmod files when the distribution build's stripping process starts.
Hence, the distribution build system doesn't "see" DSO/EXE copies in
jmod files in the JDK images directory. They are archived in jmod
files. Because of this we end up with properly stripped libraries and
executables in the default, extracted JDK image, but DSOs/EXEs in the
'jmods' directory would still have full debug symbols internal to the
binaries. Yet, when jlink is being run, jmod files in directory 'jmods'
are being used for creating custom modular JDK images.

The original downstream issue is:

Proposed Solution:
The solution we came up with is a new jlink plugin which - at runtime -
replaces matching DSOs from jmod files with versions from the JDK image
(or a JDK image of the same version pointed to by a property). As a
result, properly stripped DSOs are being used for the custom JDK image
and the size issue goes away. We are aware that this is a rather
distribution specific use-case, but it might be useful for other
downstream consumers (Debian?) too. That's why I'm proposing this here.
Would there be interest in having this jlink plugin upstream? If so,
I'd create a bug and will propose a formal RFR.

webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~sgehwolf/webrevs/jlink-native-replace-plugin/webrev/



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