[arch-dev-public] Fwd: [arch-general] Java 8

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sun Mar 30 08:23:36 EDT 2014

On 30/03/14 21:36, Guillaume Alaux wrote:
> On 30 March 2014 11:46, Andreas Radke <andyrtr at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> Am Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:21:25 +0200
>> schrieb Guillaume ALAUX <guillaume at archlinux.org>:
>>> Hi devs,
>>> A new major version of Java went out recently [0]: "OpenJDK 8" but we
>>> do not have a package for it (for the following reason) and some
>>> Archers are asking questions [1] or flagging our openjdk7 package as
>>> out of date:
>>> All Linux distros - including Arch - build OpenJDK using the IcedTea
>>> project [2]. Its goal is to cleanly build OpenJDK from Oracle, bring
>>> some more feature and it **was** also to re-implement closed source
>>> parts. I expected IcedTea to quickly release a version for OpenJDK8
>>> but it seems this is not their first priority [3] (which I totally
>>> understand). Nowadays there is no closed source part anymore in
>>> OpenJDK, and the license is clearly "GPL with classpath exception"
>>> which is a standard in the Java world.
>>> I have been working on a package based on OpenJDK8 built from source
>>> but without IcedTea that I think would fit to our repos. I still have
>>> some work for it to be released but I would be in favor of pushing
>>> this "OpenJDK without IcedTea" to extra until IcedTea v3.0 stable is
>>> out and could be used to build/augment our package.
>>> Any thought/objection/remark about?
>> How about using icedtea master bzr shots to build openjdk8 until they
>> publish a release?
>> -Andy
> I should have mentionned: I tried that. It turns out the last
> pre-release of IcedTea points at source tarballs (hotspot, jaxp,
> corba, ...) that are not available anymore. One solution there could be
> to get in touch with IcedTea and ask them to put these tarballs back
> or create a new pre-release. Or to create our own tarballs. This
> should not be too long to get all this to build.

You can just use the bzr source directly in the PKGBUILD, even providing
a revision for consistent builds.


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