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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (INFRA-3512) support for pseudo filesystems such as devfs/procfs/linprocfs in lucene jail
Date Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:00:59 GMT
support for pseudo filesystems such as devfs/procfs/linprocfs in lucene jail

                 Key: INFRA-3512
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/INFRA-3512
             Project: Infrastructure
          Issue Type: Improvement
      Security Level: public (Regular issues)
          Components: Zones/Jails
         Environment: Lucene freebsd jail
            Reporter: Robert Muir

We use our lucene jail for running hudson tasks (such as unit tests), but there are a few
issues with java that could be resolved if we were able to mount some pseudo-filesystems (devfs,
procfs, linprocfs) in our jail.

For some brief background: we sometimes encounter bugs in java (ref: http://wiki.apache.org/lucene-java/SunJavaBugs),
and without a recent java version, we encounter problems.

Unfortunately, the most recent ports/packages in freebsd require pseudo-filesystem such as
procfs to work correctly, so we are unable to use them.
At the moment we are resorting to a combination of hacks to workaround this problem, including:
* compiling with one version of java and testing with another
* hacks to the source code to work around compiler bugs
* hacks to the tests to work around runtime crashes.

For reference, the available "types of java" in freebsd are:
* java/diablo-jdkXX, java/jdkXX: these packages are very out of date, and very buggy. We cannot
even compile our source code with these without hacks, and running tests with them is not
* java/linux-sun-jdkXX: these packages are the most up-to-date, but require linprocfs to function.
I tested this without linprocfs and it definitely does not work.
* java/openjdkXX: these packages are reasonably up-to-date, but now require procfs to function,
see http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/ports/java/openjdk6/pkg-message?rev=1.2 for example.
We are currently working with an older version that claims it only requires devfs (which we
also don't have, but it doesn't appear to be causing issues), however we cannot upgrade this
to the latest version because we do not have procfs, I tested this without procfs and it definitely
does not work.

Due to the lack of devfs/procfs/linprocfs, we are using a combination of compiling with diablo-jdk15
(with some hacks to our source code to work around bugs), and running with an outdated openjdk16
package (with hacks to prevent crashes).

So, it would save us a lot of time if we had these filesystems available, so we could use
more up-to-date versions. It would also allow us to actually run our tests against the versions
of java we claim to support, which we cannot do at all right now for java 5.

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