OpenJDK 6 b13 and JCK testing

The JCK tests probe the conformance of a Java platform implementation to a specification. For example, JCK 6b is the current test suite to determine conformance to the Java SE 6 spec. Official claims of conformance require not only passing the complete set of relevant tests, but also meeting the other requirements spelled out in the JCK user's guide.

Regarding the JCK, conformance is measured with respect to a binary rather than to a source base directly, which is sensible since a Java platform implementation will typically rely on and be affected by the properties of the host environment, including the OS, the C compiler, and the processor.

Previously Red Hat announced that using OpenJDK sources augmented with IcedTea patches, an OpenJDK binary on Fedora 9 passed the JCK and met the other conformance requirements.

Amongst other changes, after incorporating community-developed patches (notably 6748251 in b13) and following the OpenJDK 6 build instructions, inside Sun a binary resulting from building the unmodified OpenJDK 6 b13 sources on Redhat Enterprise AS 2.1 with gcc 2.95 (the official Linux build platform for Sun's 6 update releases) passed all the JCK 6b tests when run on Fedora Core 8 x86. That binary also meets all the other JCK requirements.

OpenJDK 6 binaries built from b13 (and later) sources on and for different host environments are now more likely to share those favorable conformance properties, but testing would be necessary to verify conformance status and to make any formal statements.

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