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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] - Problems running javac on Windows
Date Mon, 18 Sep 2000 10:02:34 GMT
>>>>> "DW" == Dirk Weigenand <> writes:

 DW> I haven't looked into the issue very deeply but my feeling is
 DW> that doJikesCompile should be extended to check the length of the
 DW> resulting command line and if it exceeds some limit to take the
 DW> same approach as on Windows XX

Probably, yes.

For Linux there is a limit in /usr/include/linux/limits.h:

#define ARG_MAX       131072	/* # bytes of args + environ for exec() */

(Kernel 2.2).

I think POSIX defines a limit for the length of command lines but
can't remember the details.

If 1000 files get Jikes into trouble than the filenames must be quite
long I guess - or carry around a huge environment. Any idea what we
should take as a limit? 100kByte?

As for the related problem on Win98 - I'd like to investigate this one
further before we create temporary files for each and every Jikes
compile on earth. 

Usually we don't get into trouble with the length of the command
line. Diane, are you using a very deep directory structure so that the
filenames themselves get very long? 

Maybe we could fix both problems with a single patch, something like
"if running on Windows and the number of files is > 250 or the total
command line is longer than (as DOS systems are involved) 64k" to
trigger the temporary file approach?


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