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From tzezula <>
Subject [GitHub] ant pull request: The JDK 9 module system support for the Javac Ta...
Date Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:17:04 GMT
Github user tzezula commented on the pull request:
    Yes. Unfortunately the javac `-modulesourcepath` option for the multi module compilation
is more complex than existing path arguments. It's described in [JEP 261: Module System](
The important part is:
    > In large systems the source code for a particular module may be spread across several
different directories. In the JDK itself, e.g., the source files for a module may be found
in any one of the directories src/<module>/share/classes, src/<module>/<os>/classes,
or build/gensrc/<module>, where <os> is the name of the target operating system.
To express this in a module source path while preserving module identities we allow each element
of such a path to use braces ({ and }) to enclose commas-separated lists of alternatives and
a single asterisk ( * ) to stand for the module name. The module source path for the JDK can
then be written as
    In simple words the `javac -modulesourcepath {src/*/{share,<os>}/classes,build/gensrc/*}
-d build` means that modules will be searched in the `src` or `build/gensrc` folders. The
java sources of the modules located in the `src` are in folders `share/classes` or `<os>/classes`
(relative to module). The java sources of the modules located in `build/gensrc` are directly
in module folder. The path before the `*` in the path element is a path to module and the
path after the `*` is a path in the module to the actual source root.
    During the multi module compilation the javac creates module directories in the `build`
folder containing the module classes.
    The Ant Javac task needs to interpret the sourcepath elements to find all modules and
their java files to do the up to date check.
    For example in a project structure:
    and javac options `-modulesourcepath src/*/{share,<os>}/classes -d build` the modules
are `java.base` and `java.logging`. The `java.base` module has sources in the `src/java.base/share/classes/`
and is compiled into the `build/java.base/` folder. The `java.logging` module has sources
in the `src/java.logging/share/classes/` and is compiled into the `build/java.logging/` folder.
The Ant Javac task needs to do up to date check of sources in `src/java.base/share/classes/`
(`src/java.logging/share/classes/`) with classes in `build/java.base/` (`build/java.logging/`).

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