Reproducible builds on Java

John Neffenger john at
Tue Sep 7 21:01:54 UTC 2021

On 9/6/21 2:17 AM, Magnus Ihse Bursie wrote:
> But a larger issue than OpenJDK itself is to make sure that the tools from the JDK are creating reproducible builds for all Java projects out there.

> If anyone from the reproducible builds community has something to add to 
> the discussion, now is the time to make your voice heard.

The only remaining issue in the JDK tools preventing reproducible builds 
of JavaFX are the non-deterministic JMOD archives. See here for details:

8264449: Enable reproducible builds with SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH

For now, the JMOD archives are normalized with 'strip-nondeterminism' as 

$ strip-nondeterminism -v -T $SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH build/jmods/*.jmod

When the creation of the JMOD files are deterministic, we won't need 
this extra step. Furthermore, the build environment I use doesn't have 
the most recent version of 'strip-nondeterminism' with the JMOD support, 
so getting the change into the 'jmod' tool would help a lot.

Note that JavaFX uses Gradle to build the other JAR and ZIP archives, so 
we bypass any non-determinism that might still be present in the 'jar' 
tool. Gradle cannot yet build the JMOD archives, though, so we depend on 
the 'jmod' tool directly. See:

Reproducible builds


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