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From "William L. Thomson Jr." <>
Subject Alternate compilers
Date Sun, 03 Dec 2006 22:37:49 GMT

	With regard to compiling Tomcat. I just wanted to get a general feel
for how the core Tomcat devs feel about compiling Tomcat with
alternative jdks/compilers.

	Seems there are issues with compiling say Tomcat 5.5.x with ibm jdks,
or when using ecj as the compiler. For example

	Are these issues the Tomcat devs care to resolve? Is Tomcat meant to be
compiled with a specific jdk/compiler like Sun's jdk? Is it looked down
upon to compile tomcat with other jdks? Will they be supported if there
are issues?

	On Gentoo there is lots of choices. One might argue to much, and causes
issues or problems one would not normally run into. More so with Java
apps since even the FOSS Java world has gotten used to shipping and
distributing binaries. I just want to get a better idea of how upstream,
Tomcat devs, feel on this matter.

	From an outside perspective it seems to have deps on sun jdks at times.
Like with regard to Tomcat 6.0.2 seems it does not depend on mx4j/jmx.
Since Sun 1.5 jdks provide that, but others don't have a jmx
implementation. So we will use mx4j as a dep. But that is not how Tomcat
binary will be built, and we will have a deviation there.


William L. Thomson Jr.

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