The script is dead, long live autoconf!

Volker Simonis volker.simonis at
Wed Feb 7 15:04:03 UTC 2018

On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM, Thomas Stüfe <thomas.stuefe at> wrote:
> Hi Magnus,
> short question, is it possible to overwrite the location of autoconf with a
> configure setting or similar? Similar to "toolchain-path"?

I doubt because you need autoconf in order to generate the actual
configure script ( which evaluates the

We would either need special arguments for the initial configure
script or pass it through the environment which I think is both not
worth it if we could just as well put autoconf in the regular path.

> Thanks, Thomas
> 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

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