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  2. JDK-8257679

Improved unix compatibility layer in Windows build (winenv)

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    • Type: Enhancement
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: P2
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 16
    • Fix Version/s: 16
    • Component/s: infrastructure
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      For the build to work on Windows, we need a unix compatibility layer (known as the "winenv" in the build system). This can be e.g. Cygwin or Msys. The build system then needs to adapt various aspect to get the build to work in this winenv. Over time, our current solutions (which were never that well-designed) has collapsed into an unmaintainable mess.

      This rewrite takes on a fresh approach, by giving up on the native "fixpath.exe" converter, and instead relying on a platform-independent shell script "fixpath.sh", which can dynamically adapt to the current winenv. It also provides a proper framework on how to categorize, and support, different winenvs. As a result, we now easily support Cygwin, Msys2, WSL1 and WSL2 (the latter is unfortunately not mature enough to be able to compile the JDK).

      Furthermore, this rewrite removes all the kludges and hacks that were put in place all over the code base, and consolidates all tricky part of handling the winenv to basically two places: setting up in configure, and run-time handling by fixpath.sh.

      This patch also cleans up our handling of how we detect tools in configure, and makes a proper framework for cross-compilation on Windows.

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              ihse Magnus Ihse Bursie
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              ihse Magnus Ihse Bursie
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