[OpenJDK 2D-Dev] freetype version check (2.3.0 -> 2.2.1)

Mark Wielaard mjw at redhat.com
Thu Jun 4 11:34:03 UTC 2009

Hi Phil, Hi Igor,

On Mon, 2009-05-04 at 21:57 +0200, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-05-04 at 12:34 -0700, Phil Race wrote:
> > Igor did the freetype work and in he commented in email on 23rd July 2007 :
> > 
> >  >  - Changed required freetype version from 2.3.4 to 2.3.0
> >  >    (it did compile with 2.2.1 too for me but Font2DTest was showing garbage
> >  >     and i had no chance to investigate why this happens)
> > 
> > So I don't think we want to move it down without knowing what that was about.
> > It may have been platform-specific. Igor - can you remember two years back ?
> Interesting, to make sure everything was fine I did also check with that
> Font2DTest (and some others) and the fact that everything looked just
> fine was the reason to push it.
> > I also recall there was a nasty bug  where having fonts with embedded
> > bitmaps on your system caused an infinite loop inside freetype.
> > I think we needed to update the freetype lib because of that, but
> > I can't remember the details to be sure.
> The freetype 2.2.1 package on RHEL and CentOS 5 do have some fixes
> applied to them. And the java-1.6.0-openjdk package has been deployed on
> those platforms for some time. So I assume if there were any real bugs
> they will have been backported at least on those platforms.
> Ideally of course we would have a autoconf test for the features that
> the backend relies on. The problem with the hard version check is that
> it prevents compilation for everybody, even when they really just want
> to compile against an earlier (patched/fixed) version that might just be
> what is available for the platform.
> Let me know if I can help with coming up with a feature test for any
> issues.

For now to not forget this patch it has been filed at:
Please do let me know if you find out anything about your earlier
concerns and what I can do to help move this forward.



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