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Re: java, possible to package the gcj aot stuff separately ?



Andrew Overholt wrote:
> * Andrew Haley <aph redhat com> [2008-07-31 05:20]:
>> Caolan McNamara wrote:
>>> Given that we've got openjdk on most platforms. Would it make sense to
>>> package our java things so that the gcj ahead-of-time compiled stuff is
>>> packaged into separate subrpms. e.g. taking hsqldb as a random example
>>> the package takes 3696k but the aot /usr/lib/gcj/hsqldb contents takes
>>> 2928k of that and it's unused except for the java-is-gij case right ?
>>>
>>> We typically end up with openjdk installed due to the web plugin and
>>> then with java-1.5.0-gcj + dependencies installed due to
>>> the /usr/bin/rebuild-gcj-db and .so requires of the java packaging
>>> guidelines when installing any additional java package. 
>>>
>>> I'd like to e.g. have the option of just having openjdk installed and
>>> not have to haul around the 45Megs in my /usr/lib/gcj dir
>> Sure, but it's potentially a lot of work to make the change, and how
>> would the people who are running gcj know that they need to download
>> the gcj ahead-of-time compiled stuff to get decent performance?
> 
> Yeah, one of the reasons we didn't do this to begin with was because RPM
> has no notion of Suggests or Recommends like dpkg does.  Debian went
> this route, but I've seen reports of people not realizing they needed to
> install the associated -gcj package.

Me too.  "My Eclipse is godawful slow," etc...

Andrew.


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