Libjava craziness

Alexandre Oliva
Thu May 17 22:26:00 GMT 2001

On May 18, 2001, Mark Mitchell <> wrote:

>>>>>> "Alexandre" == Alexandre Oliva <> writes:
Alexandre> On May 17, 2001, Mark Mitchell <>
Alexandre> wrote:

>>> The cause is the following wonderful N^2 algorithm used to
>>> produce the library:
Alexandre> Looks like something went wrong in the test that
Alexandre> detects the maximum command-line length.  Look for
Alexandre> lt_cv_sys_max_cmd_len in config.cache and for
Alexandre> max_cmd_len in libtool.  If you could find out why it
Alexandre> got a small value for you, it would be appreciated.

> Thanks for the quick reply.

> Rats.  I deleted the 7GB already.  I'm trying again -- and perversely
> hoping it will happen again.

It certainly will, if you got the same failure in max cmd line lenght
detection.  It detected a maximum command line of 37 bytes.

> Here is what I have from the log -- and it appears you guess is
> correct:

>   finding the maximum length of command line arguments... ../../../libstdc++-v3/../ltconfig: Can't reopen pipe to command substitution (fd 4): No child processes
>   ../../../libstdc++-v3/../ltconfig: test: !=: unary operator expected
>   37

Looks like a problem in bash.  Here's a tentative solution:

> Looking at the loop that does this check, it should have terminated
> when $i was 32.

That would have been a maximum length of 6^{32}, not 32.  Here's a
patch that fixes an incorrect use of the non-portable `==' operator
(I'm hoping this might help fixing the problem, but I really don't see
how it would), and adjusts the initial string and maximum trip count
so that we actually stop at 1 MB, as originally intended.  Mark, could
you please let me know whether it helps.  Libtoolers, ok to install?

> It seems like it would be better to do the deletions as we go, in any
> case

Agreed.  Robert [who originally implemented piecewise linking], would
you be willing to contribute this improvement over your code?  I
suppose it's just a matter of saving the name of the previous piece in
a variable, and removing it after using it to link a new piece,
instead of keeping the whole list and removing them all at the end.

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