ATTENTION: Prospect of merging HEAD with the generics branch

Andrew John Hughes gnu_andrew at
Fri Jun 2 20:27:48 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-06-02 at 13:14 -0700, David Daney wrote:
> Andrew John Hughes wrote:
> > -------- Forwarded Message --------
> > 
> >>From: Per Bothner <per at>
> >>To: GCC Mailing List <gcc at>, java at
> >>Subject: Re: GCC SC request about ecj
> >>Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 10:59:58 -0700
> >>
> >>Richard stallman write last night:
> >>
> >>      I agree to the use of the Eclipse front end to generate
> >>      Java byte codes.
> >>
> >>Note this does not mean importing Eclispe code into the gcc source or
> >>release tree.  We need to decide on a practical way to have people
> >>grab a compatible version of ecj.
> > 
> > 
> > From the above e-mail, it looks as if gcj will shortly be linking in ecj
> > as its front end.  With this, gcj will be able to handle 1.5 constructs.
> > 
> > What do people think of now beginning the merge of the generics branch
> > back on to HEAD?  Given that both ecj and now gcj will support building
> > this, we could limit our requirements to these.  Recent CVS has already
> > encountered problems building with older versions of gcj and jikes, and
> > this change would also allow us to remove these hacks from our code.
> > 
> > Thoughts?
> I think it would be putting the cart before the horse.
> Although we should definitely be thinking about doing it, I think it 
> would be better to wait until the GCJ infrastructure needed to build it 
> is ready to be committed to the GCC trunk.
> Well that's my $0.02.
> David Daney.

Well it's not going to happen immediately.  However, now that there is
the formal go ahead for GCJ to utilise ecj for handling 1.5, I don't
imagine it will be long before this does appear on trunk; I believe Tom
Tromey already has pretty much all the code worked out.  The holdup was
the political side of things.

Once it is in trunk, we have two compilers capable of building a
generic-based Classpath.

Andrew :-)

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