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Re: Default java.library.path in Fedora

On 12:34 Mon 28 Mar     , Andrew Haley wrote:
> On 28/03/11 12:23, Mat Booth wrote:
> > On 28 March 2011 12:08, Andrew Haley <aph@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> On 26/03/11 18:34, Mat Booth wrote:
> >>> In F14's OpenJDK, the default java.library.path currently does not
> >>> include /usr/local/lib or /usr/local/lib64 so if a third party JNI
> >>> library installs itself into one of those directories then the JVM
> >>> will not know about it.
> >>>
> >>> Is this a bug? I think it would be appropriate if /usr/local/lib and
> >>> /usr/local/lib64 were included in the default java.library.path
> >>
> >> I wouldn't have thought so.  /usr/local/lib isn't really standard for
> >> anything.  Even if we could patch OpenJDK to do this, the third party
> >> apps would immediately break with any other JRE.
> >>
> >> Doesn't it make more sense for the app to know where its native library
> >> is, and load it from the right place?
> > 
> > I would rather the app not have to care where the libraries are, but
> > for some odd reason the autotools in Fedora uses a default prefix of
> > /usr/local rather than /usr
> > 
> > If this is not a standard location then maybe this is an autotools
> > bug? I shouldn't have to tell the autotools where it is appropriate to
> > install things for the operating system it ships with :-/
> I think autotools has done this since the year dot.  It's not going to
> change now.

Correct: http://www.gnu.org/software/autoconf/manual/autoconf.html#Default-Prefix

And it's the correct default IMHO so local user installations don't interfere
with system/distro-installed packages in /usr.

> > Either way, I expect the default settings to just work.
> This isn't just a Fedora problem.  Finding JNI libraries is a PITA in
> general, and patching OpenJDK to do something different from every other
> JRE isn't a good idea.  I'm not at all sure it makes sense to fix this
> locally in Fedora.  We'd want to make sure this is fixed for all GNU/
> Linux systems, everywhere.

I agree.  If it's to be done at all, it needs to be discussed on the appropriate
OpenJDK mailing list (probably core-libs-dev or hotspot-dev).

> Andrew.
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