16:52 Sun, 04 Nov 2007 PST -0800

FreeBSD's 1.6 JDK on Mac OS X

NOTE: You probably want to check out the latest updates

Introduction

I've long wondered what it would take to get the FreeBSD Java Port running on OS X, so this weekend I spent a couple days getting Java 1.6 running on my x86 Leopard machine.

Weekend is over, and I can report partial success -- hotspot compiles, the jre mostly bootstraps, and Hello World runs. Anything complex appears to trigger stack alignment issues (Apple's i386 API requires a 16-byte aligned stack)

landonf@max:javasrc_1_6_jrl/control/build/bsd-i586> ./bin/java -version
java version "1.6.0_03-p3"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_03-p3-landonf_04_nov_2007_00_06-b00)
Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 1.6.0_03-p3-landonf_04_nov_2007_01_30-b00, mixed mode)
landonf@max:javasrc_1_6_jrl/control/build/bsd-i586> ./bin/java Hello
Hello World!

What's missing?

Missing pieces:

Additionally, there's no Aqua support -- Swing would require X11.

Source? Compiling?

The patch is based on the BSD 1.6 JDK patchset, which means you need to download Sun's JDK source, the FreeBSD patchset, AND the Darwin patches. Instructions on downloading the Sun source, and the FreeBSD patchset, are available from the FreeBSD JDK site

The Darwin patchset should be applied on top of the BSD patchset. By downloading this source code, you certify that you are a Licensee in good standing under the Java Research License ("License") of the Java(tm) 2 SDK, and that your access, use and distribution of code and information you may obtain at this site is subject to the License. Download patch-jdk16-apple-alpha1.

Compilation requires OpenMotif, Nawk, and possiblity additional software -- I installed all the dependencies using MacPorts. To build, cd to control/make and run the following (tweaked appropriately):

env DYLD_BIND_AT_LAUNCH=1 \
DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=<javasrcpath>/control/build/bsd-i586/lib/i386/client \
make ALT_BOOTDIR=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Home \
ALT_MOTIF_DIR=/opt/local SYS_CFLAGS="" LANG="C" JAVA_HOME="" CLASSPATH="" \
LD_LIBRARY_PATH="" MAKEFLAGS="" SKIP_COMPARE_IMAGES="YES" \
DONT_BUILD_DEPLOY="YES" ALT_DEVTOOLS_PATH=/usr ALT_CUPS_HEADERS_PATH=/usr/include \
HOTSPOT_BUILD_JOBS=4 PARALLEL_BUILD_JOBS=4 

The build does not complete (yet), but a bootstrap JVM is built (and can be run from) ./control/build/bsd-i586/bin/java

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