Getting Java on Openmoko
September 13th, 2008 By recluze

This post is an experience report on porting java on openmoko. This includes many pastes from other locations, so, this might be ugly to look at. First, I describe how we tried building Kaffe for openmoko. The openmoko devel environment includes kaffe-1.1.5, so make build-package-kaffe-gtk got it started. Some problems were faced which were addressed by looking at these two patches. (Bold text marks changes). I’ve lost the links to the posts but you can find them easily by searching for titles (or author names).

Patch 1 applied:
[kaffe] [PATCH] JIT on arm
Sascha Hauer s.hauer at
Wed Oct 4 01:23:18 PDT 2006
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Hi all,
There is a comment in config/arm/linux/md.c which claims that Kernel 2.6
needs a VM_EXEC flag. Fact is that 2.6 never needed this flag, but since
2.6.9 it no longer ignores it.
I have two patches attached, the first one is the change in between 2.6.8
and 2.6.9 and the second one puts the arm jit back into business for kernels
Have fun,
diff -purN linux-2.6.8/arch/arm/kernel/traps.c linux-2.6.9/arch/arm/kernel/traps.c
--- linux-2.6.8/arch/arm/kernel/traps.c 2004-08-14 07:36:56.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.6.9/arch/arm/kernel/traps.c 2004-10-18 23:53:51.000000000 +0200
@@ -381,7 +381,7 @@ do_cache_op(unsigned long start, unsigne
struct vm_area_struct *vma;
- if (end < start)
+ if (end < start || flags)
vma = find_vma(current->active_mm, start);
Index: kaffe-1.1.7/config/arm/linux/md.c
--- kaffe-1.1.7.orig/config/arm/linux/md.c
+++ kaffe-1.1.7/config/arm/linux/md.c
@@ -35,7 +35,7 @@ init_md(void)
void flush_dcache(void *start, void *end) {
__asm __volatile ("mov r0, %0\n"
"mov r1, %1\n"
- "mov r2, #4\n" /* this is VM_EXEC from linux/mm.h, needed for Kernel 2.6 */
+ "mov r2, #0\n"
"swi " __sys1(__ARM_NR_cacheflush) "\n"
: /* no return value */
: "r" ((long)start), "r" ((long)end)
patch 2 appliedd
[kaffe] CVS kaffe (robilad): build fix for arm linux interpreter
Kaffe CVS cvs-commits at
Sat Jan 26 17:52:02 PST 2008
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PatchSet 7720
Date: 2008/01/27 01:50:20
Author: robilad
Branch: HEAD
Tag: (none)
build fix for arm linux interpreter
Index: kaffe/ChangeLog
diff -u kaffe/ChangeLog:1.5221 kaffe/ChangeLog:1.5222
--- kaffe/ChangeLog:1.5221 Tue Jan 22 23:21:21 2008
+++ kaffe/ChangeLog Sun Jan 27 01:50:20 2008
@@ -1,3 +1,8 @@
+2008-01-25  Dalibor Topic  
+ * config/arm/linux/md.c (flush_dcache): Only
+ declare for JIT engine.
2008-01-22  Dalibor Topic  
* kaffe/kaffeh/ (kaffeh_LDADD, AM_CPPFLAGS):
Index: kaffe/config/arm/linux/md.c
diff -u kaffe/config/arm/linux/md.c:1.8 kaffe/config/arm/linux/md.c:1.9
--- kaffe/config/arm/linux/md.c:1.8 Sun Apr 22 23:39:20 2007
+++ kaffe/config/arm/linux/md.c Sun Jan 27 01:50:22 2008
@@ -26,6 +26,7 @@
* Shamelessly stolen from parrot... ([perl]/parrot/jit/arm/jit_emit.h arm_sync_d_i_cache)
@@ -41,3 +42,4 @@
: "r" ((long)start), "r" ((long)end)
: "r0","r1","r2");

After applying these changes, we compiled successfully, moved the images from build/tmp/work/… to the Freerunner, setup the libraries and tried running, only to get a Stackoverflow exception before the class file even loaded.

So, we moved to option #2. JamVM.

JamVM and classpath are two packages which were already in the openmoko environment and were built easily with default values. Ported the ipks for both packages to the device, installed and java works.

The problem is that JamVM will be using GNU Classpath which is known to have issues with some of the apps we’re used to. So, we’ll have to address these issues as they arise. For now, we can be happy that java is operational on our Freerunner.

2 Responses to " Getting Java on Openmoko "
shahbaz Khan
September 14th, 2008

I think it will be better if we put patches in attachment to these posts, i.e. put them in a text file and upload them and link them to relevant posts.

September 14th, 2008

It would be good if we would attach the patches as attachments.

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