Gentoo overlay to bootstrap OpenJDK/Rust/Go
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Bootstrapping OpenJDK 8

sudo emerge -a1 dev-java/openjdk:8::gentoo-bootstrap
sudo emerge -av dev-java/openjdk:8
sudo emerge -a --depclean # Remove old software that was used for bootstrapping


  1. you need to do it in two steps as currently ant-core:bootstrap is not co-installable with ant-core:0 from the Gentoo tree.
  2. Last tested on GCC 13. New versions of GCC are known to occasionally break builds and might need additional patches.

Bootstrapping OpenJDK 17

sudo emerge -a1v dev-java/openjdk:17::gentoo-bootstrap

At this point you can remove this overlay and install OpenJDK from main tree:

sudo emerge -a dev-java/openjdk:17

Bootstrapping story

We first compile fastjar and jikes java compiler both of which are written in C++. This is enough to compile an old version of GNU Classpath 0.93. Then we compile an old version of JamVM 1.5.1. This serves as our initial Java Runtime Environment.

We use this to compile ant 1.8.1 which then allows us to build ecj-3.2. This allows us to compile GNU Classpath 0.99 which comes with more java tools (e.g. javah). Then we compile JamVM 2.0.0. This serves as our second Java environment.

Finally, we compile git snapshot of GNU Classpath which has a much better support for Java 1.6. Then we compile a slightly patched ecj-4.2. Together with JamVM 2.0.0 this will serve as Java environment that can bootstrap Icedtea 2 (Java 7). Then we use it to build Icedtea 3 and subsequent OpenJDK versions.

Bootstrapping rust

We use mrustc to build rustc-1.54 and then we build each subsequent rustc version until we reach up to date rustc.

mrustc is ocasionally broken on some versions of GCC. Last tested with GCC 13.

Bootstrapping go

sudo emerge -a1v =dev-lang/go-1.4
sudo emerge -a1v =dev-lang/go-1.17.13
sudo emerge -a1uv dev-lang/go