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Re: OpenJDK binaries

On Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 01:29:08PM -0500, Jared D. McNeill wrote:
> Alan Barrett wrote:
>> On Sat, 28 Feb 2009, Christos Zoulas wrote:
>>> | I never understood why you need Java to build Java
>>> Because the compiler is written in java and the runtime needs to have a
>>> the compiled java code to run.
>> I have a prejudice against third party binaries.  Is there a way of
>> building a very old version of java using only a C or C++ compiler,
>> and then use the very old version of java to build a not-quite-so-old
>> version of java, etc.?
> Not that I'm aware, but you're welcome to write your own javac  
> implementation and hook that into the build.

The two likely candidates would seem to be Jikes and GCJ.

I suspect neither will build the Java tree.  Jikes used to be fully
up to date with the Java language spec, but it was abandoned a few years
ago.  I don't think GCJ have ever come close.

Thor Lancelot Simon                               
    "Even experienced UNIX users occasionally enter rm *.* at the UNIX
     prompt only to realize too late that they have removed the wrong
     segment of the directory structure." - Microsoft WSS whitepaper

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