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From Hervé BOUTEMY <herve.bout...@free.fr>
Subject Re: JDK names on Windows nodes & Jenkinsfile
Date Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:23:43 GMT
Le samedi 25 mars 2017, 05:28:37 CET Gavin McDonald a écrit :
> > On 24 Mar 2017, at 2:55 pm, Hervé BOUTEMY <herve.boutemy@free.fr> wrote:
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > It seems new JDKs were added to Windows nodes recently [1]: instead of
> > "JDK
> > 1.8 (unlimited security) 64-bit Windows only", we now have 2 options: "JDK
> > 1.8.0_92 (unlimited security) 64-bit Windows only" and "JDK 1.8.0_121
> > (unlimited security) 64-bit Windows only".
> > 
> > Having new JDKs is great, but changing names is not great :)
> Yes I realise that and am sorry for the change - however we have also been
> told that it would be great if the drop down options (and in turn tool
> location variables) had versions is them - JDK 1.8 by itself was not
> complete enough for some people.
yes, different projects with different requirements: each requirement is 
valid, then if we can support both, please :)

> Which then led to renaming the existing link and adding a new version in
> also.
sorry to be picky: I saw the new "JDK Latest (Windows Only)" entry
*Could it be renamed to "JDK 1.8 Latest (Windows Only)"*, to match general 
convention, please?

> > We're using Jenkinsfiles, with JDK names coded inside (we = Maven, but I
> > suppose others do the same): until now, it was not fun to have a different
> > JDK names for Linux and Windows nodes, but now having to follow very
> > precise JDK name on Windows nodes is a new hurdle.
> > 
> > Is it possible:
> > 1. to have a JDK 8 alias on Windows that won't change over time, even if
> > detailed version changes (like "JDK 1.x (latest)" on Ubuntu nodes”?
> Sure , we have latest links all over the place and do try to actually keep
> them updated these days (and not just for Java, but Ant, Maven and others.)
thank you

> > 2. ideally to have the same name on Windows as on Linux nodes?
> Yes, more thought needed on this though - drop down options require a
> defined JAVA_HOME - a path to the location as you well know, and that is
> different for Linux and Windows. Currently its easier in a Jenkinsfile to
> seperate out the Windows and Linux nodes I imagine.
this windows specific tools naming convention adds some complexity to the 
Jenkinsfile: ideally, it would be great if we could avoid it.
But I imagine we're trading complexity for Jenkins administrators with 
complexity for Jenkins users: I don't really know how to really compare them 
in a neutral way, I'm a user, I know my Jenkinsfile complexity, but I don't see 
the complexity for Jenkins admin. I imagine that's what's behind INFRA-13632 
issue: finding a reasonable complexity for admins that will ease life for 
developpers (since having Windows specific tools names are a pain in general)



> Gav…
> > And of course, if I can help to make this happen, just tell me what to do.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > 
> > Hervé
> > 
> > [1] https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/pages/viewpreviousversions.action?
> > pageId=65147537

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