JDK specific classpaths

Herve Quiroz hq at FreeBSD.org
Tue Apr 5 06:32:30 PDT 2005

Hi Sam,

On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 11:07:32PM +1000, Sam Lawrance wrote:
> Since you're around, and handling java PRs... hope you don't mind :)
> I'm looking at the NetRexx port right now. In order to work it needs
> sun.tools.javac.* in the classpath. That stuff is located
> in /usr/local/SOME_JDK/lib/tools.jar
> Any suggestions as to how java should be invoked to provide the
> "correct" tools.jar?
> Simplified, but something akin to:
> java -cp $JDK_HOME/lib/tools.jar
> Any suggestions?

I would indeed use the same approach as you explain here.

To detail further, I would use a launcher shell script

"%%JAVA%%" -cp "%%JAVA_HOME%%/lib/tools.jar" ...

And in the Makefile:

SUB_FILES=	netrexx.sh

	${INSTALL_SCRIPT} ${WRKDIR}/netrexx.sh ${PREFIX}/bin/netrexx

The downside of this approach is that it is not flexible: the end user
cannot switch JDK at runtime. So here is another approach (still using
the same Makefile):

"${JAVA_HOME}/bin/java" -cp "${JAVA_HOME}/lib/tools.jar" ...

A last approach would be to implement a 'java-home' tool, part of
java/javavmwrapper, that would use the same logic as javavm but to
produce a suitable JAVA_HOME value. Then:

"%%LOCALBASE%%/bin/java" -cp "${JAVA_HOME}/lib/tools.jar" ...

NOTE: %%JAVA_VERSION%% is already added automatically to SUB_LIST by
bsd.java.mk, as well as %%LOCALBASE%%.

That said, and until some volunteer starts working on improving
javavmwrapper, I would go with method #2 (overridable JAVA_HOME).

Hope that helps. Anyway, I'm looking forward to your next PR :)


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