Windows: Replace VisualStudio with gcc/clang?

Hendrik Schreiber hs at
Tue Mar 6 11:17:53 UTC 2018


inspired by the recent news that Chrome ditched the Microsoft C++ compiler and replaced it with gcc/clang (, I’m wondering wether that’s possible and desirable for OpenJDK, too.

From my point of view: Yes.

Downloading, installing etc. Visual Studio is a major pain for anybody usually working on another platform. Whenever I encounter a bug that’s Windows specific, I pretty much always give up the idea to create a fix and instead just report a bug. It’s just too much of a hassle to create a working build environment.

So has migrating to gcc/clang for Windows been evaluated? Is it an option at all? Would it make things easier or harder? What do you think? Besides ease of use, how would such a move affect performance?



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