Landon Fuller landonf at
Thu Jan 31 14:44:49 PST 2008

On Jan 31, 2008, at 13:43, Eirik Øverby wrote:

> On Jan 31, 2008, at 10:37 PM, Landon Fuller wrote:
>> On Jan 30, 2008, at 14:42, Eirik Øverby wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> an old boring question coming up again...
>>> For various reasons we have some interest in getting Java running  
>>> on FreeBSD-SPARC64. Also, the sun4v platform is of interest, but  
>>> currently mostly academic such as the FreeBSD port to sun4v isn't  
>>> useful at this stage.
>>> We are using FreeBSD on a load of old SUN servers that their  
>>> owners can't or won't dispose of. Having Java available would  
>>> make these systems even more useful, and might bring in more  
>>> business for us.
>>> So, put plainly, what kind of man-hours are we talking about to  
>>> bring Java 1.5 to fbsd-sparc64?
>> At first glance, it doesn't look to be more than a couple weeks of  
>> work (at the high end). Someone on the OpenJDK lists recently  
>> asked about Linux/Sparc, which would require roughly the same  
>> effort (implementing os_cpu for bsd_sparc):
>> 000138.html
>> 000078.html
>>> And what kind of money/support/inspiration would be needed to  
>>> make this a priority?
>> Seems like the biggest problem is access to freebsd/sparc64, and  
>> -- of course -- finding someone sufficiently excited about doing  
>> the porting work =)
> I can provide access to one or more jails on fbsd/sparc64. Even  
> host access can be considered if necessary.

What's the status of svr4 emulation on sparc64? I forgot a critical  
piece; One needs a bootstrap JVM, and bootstrapping off of Sun's VM  
would make things easier.

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