That was probably the fastest release ever, mainly to synchronize with GNU Classpath 0.13 code (the SableVM 1.1.8 contained CVS code ~10 days older than 0.13), which now allows for running Eclipse directly, without the need for external libraries.
On this occasion I also updated the instructions at http://sablevm.org/wiki/Eclipse to include a more automated Eclipse startup script. One only has to supply it with location of java-sablevm and Eclipse home directory, and it finds the rest itself.
Other changes between SableVM 1.1.8 and 1.1.9 include:
- Improved error messages related to exceptions raised during bootstrap (such as binding to non-existent native methods).
- Implemented some missing JNI functions.
- Added some missing system-dependant Java properties.
- Enabled by default the real life brokenness option to better handle native code not perfectly adhering to specifications (JNI, etc).
- Improved cross-compilation support.
- Updated the manual pages.
Debian packages of 1.1.9 in incoming
Big thanks go to Jeroen, who bravely sponsored the upload (it reminds me I need to finally get my new key signed; I feel bad as a DD w/o a valid GPG key; like a half-DD :-). The packages have already been built on numerous architectures and are available in incoming and should be sucked into the archive on next run (friday, after 9pm European time, 3pm East-America time). If everything goes fine, the packages should hit Sarge around Tuesday. I hope people will test and report any bugs and regressions, because this is most likely the version will have in Sarge, if the freeze happens in any reasonable future.
Moving... (or: how I'll love dial-up via 14.4k modem)
Well, not too far, only one floor down, to a bigger appartment, but even that means I need to get phone reconnected (55CAD go to Bell Canada for switching a switch) and then I'll wait 5 (!) days for my DSL service to be moved. I will probably be on a pay-per-hour dial-up for a few days, using an old 14,4k modem I still have from ancient times. Oh, I am sure this will suck...