12 Jan 2005 gadek   » (Master)

Getting back to reality...

I finally feel the Christmas and New Year time is over. The classes started, and I am slowly getting back to hacking SableVM. Still, this is just the beginning of the term, so I decided to use my free time for a little retrospective, answering emails I had no time to answer since long time, getting a haircut, getting thru a pile of paperwork, etc. I also noticed some interesting things I missed in the heat of the last weeks of the old year or over the vacations.

SableVM 1.1.8 Java Virtual Machine now in Debian SID

Thanks to help from Jeff Bailey the new packages are available in SID. They're not not in Sarge/Testing yet, because a few problems were reported. This was expected, as the changes since 1.1.6-6 were huge. I'll start looking into these reports soon. (And this also reminds me I should finally get my new GPG key signed by a DD)

Extraordinary support of SableVM for Gentoo...

David is doing great work in improving support for SableVM in Gentoo. He described the process of cross-compiling SableVM on Gentoo, including HOWTO and patches. He also added Gentoo sablevm-svn (staging) ebuild support thanks to which it is a breeze to use an always up-to-date version of SableVM in Gentoo.

SableVM support for GNU Classpath 0.13

I quickly tested the Out-of-the-box support of SableVM for GNU Classpath with 0.13 release using current daily snapshot of SableVM and using the -Xgnuclasspath:/dir/ectory option of java-sablevm command line tool. In the GNU Classpath 0.13 Release announcement you'll also find information about it, but it might be better to take a look at the step-by-step instructions for getting SableVM work directly with GNU Classpath. I think it should make it into some short document finally.

Because the gnucp-overrides.jar file, required to run GNU Classpath (CVS), is auto-built everyday from sablevm-classpath, which in turn is kept up-to-date with GNU Classpath CVS, it is interesting to see for how long it will be possible to run ie. GNU CP 0.13 with daily version of this override jar. This should give us some idea of the level of stability of the VM interfece of GNU Classpath.

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