Re: jlink / jmods version compatibiltiy

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Re: jlink / jmods version compatibiltiy

Mandy Chung

On 6/1/18 3:24 PM, Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> Hello,
> I am not sure what the Policy for backward/Forward compatibility for
> JMOD files is, but when I use JDK-9.0.4 jlink on 11ea JMODs I get a
> IllegalArgumentException and „error reading“ by JDK-10.0.1 with no
> further Details.

jlink only supports linking modules of the same runtime version
as jlink because jlink has a few plugins such as system-modules
and generate-jli-classes that are deeply tied with java.base.
It can be enhanced in the future in particular for plugins to
support version <= jlink version.

See JDK-8185130 that was integrated in JDK 10.  jlink linking with
older version of JMODS outputs a clear error message:

$ jdk11/bin/jlink  --module-path jdk10/jmods --output test-image
--add-modules java.base
Error: jlink version 11.0 does not match target java.base version 10.0

> If the JMOD files require newer jlink, should they have a Version
> identifier to allow rejecting this. Or is it expected to normally
> work?
> Error reading module: jdk-11-oraopenjdk\jmods\java.base.jmod

JDK 10 jlink does not support class file version 55 when linking
with JDK 11 modules. I agree the error message should be improved.

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