Removal of Java 1.1 and 1.2 support in the ports tree
m at obmail.net
Tue Oct 2 16:04:03 PDT 2007
On Oct 2, 2007, at 5:13 PM, Greg Lewis wrote:
> G'day Mark,
> On Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 11:17:19AM +0200, Mark Evenson wrote:
>>> More than a month ago, JDK ports related to Java 1.1 and 1.2 were
>>> DEPRECATED and scheduled for removal. This period has come to an
>>> and it is now time that we remove the support for these ports in
>>> bsd.java.mk before we delete the JDK ports themselves.
>> I just noticed that java/jdk11 is scheduled for removal, so sorry for
>> the late comment.
>> I would like to add one use case for this port: compiling code that
>> will run on the version of Java shipped with every vanilla
>> Microsoft OS
>> since Windows 98 (aka. "the Microsoft Virtual Machine"). Its been a
>> number of years (2003) since I needed this (getting an Java SSH
>> that will work in any cybercafe on the planet). but java/jdk11 was
>> really the only environment where I had a chance of producing code
>> seemed to work reliably.
>> Maybe I never will need to do this kind of work again, but I just
>> to mention how this port could potentially be useful outside of
>> FreeBSD ports dependencies.
> Unless someone else comes forward saying they are using jdk11 today, I
> don't see a statement of "this was useful for me 4 years ago" as
> being a
> reason to keep an ancient version of Java around today :).
> Even if someone did, I'd point out that the only way to use jdk11
> is via
> the compat3x port, which has been marked FORBIDDEN for a long time and
> has an unknown number of security holes.
> Basically, I think the removal of these ports will be going ahead
> someone comes up with a Really Good [TM] reason not to. They're
> just a maintenance burden at the moment.
> That being said, we're not removing the distribution files for
> jdk11, so
> if someone desperately needs to use an 8 year old JDK they can still
> download the binary, install compat3x and run it (assuming it does).
> Similarly for jdk12 the patchsets are still downloadable and there are
> manual compilation instructions included (if you can get one of the
> bootstrap JDKs to actually run).
If someone needs it for this reason there's always the option of
doing what I do when I need to test compatibility with Windows 95,
install a virtual machine with the old version of FreeBSD on it to
PS: you never heard me say I install Windows 95 virtual machines, I
swear, it never happened..
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