The script is dead, long live autoconf!

Thomas Stüfe thomas.stuefe at
Mon Feb 5 09:07:03 UTC 2018

On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 9:21 AM, Magnus Ihse Bursie <
magnus.ihse.bursie at> wrote:

> With JDK-8195689 that has just been pushed to jdk/jdk, the checked-in
> runnable script has been removed. Instead, there's a
> new build-time dependency on autoconf.
> For most users, this should not make any difference. You will still
> initiate your configuration by running "bash configure".
> If you do not already have autoconf installed, when running configure the
> first time after checking out JDK-8195689, this will be detected, and you
> will be asked to install autoconf. For most systems, a suggestions on how
> to do this is also printed.
> If you have made changes to the build system before, you have probably had
> a work flow including a custom-built autoconf, running, and
> asking someone in Oracle to sponsor your patch for generation of the closed
> version of Neither of this will now be needed.
> While you can of course keep a custom-built version of autoconf, you might
> also delete it. With the new solution, the exact version of autoconf does
> not matter. (Note that it will still be needed for backports, though.)
> The build documentation has been updated to reflect this change.
> /Magnus
This is a nice change. Thank you!

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