Adapting IcedTea for the new OpenJDK build system (build-infra)

Magnus Ihse Bursie magnus.ihse.bursie at
Fri Aug 24 05:28:32 PDT 2012

Hi IcedTea developers,

As some (most, I hope) of you know, we're about to replace the old build 
system in OpenJDK, with a completely rewritten build system, based on 
autoconf and more structured makefiles (the build-infra project).

This project is slowly but surely getting closer to delivery.

I don't know if anybody in the IcedTea community have tried out the new 
build system, or been thinking about how to integrate it with IcedTea's 
build system, but if not -- now would be a good time to start! :-) We 
still don't have any official dates, but it is likely that the switch to 
the new build system is at least not that many months away...

I'd be happy to assist in answering questions and helping out in making 
such an adaptation. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to dwelve 
into IcedTea right now to provide you with a complete patch, so (as 
usual) the burden of adapting IcedTea to the changes in OpenJDK falls on 
your community. Nevertheless, one of the driving ideas behind the change 
was to simplify building, so hopefully it should not be hard to get it 
to fit in in the IcedTea build process.


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