This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is dedicated to developers
who want to build their own Jikes compiler, and also provides all
the necessary information for them (you?) to get involved in Jikes
and contribute to this great project.
The first section is dedicated to what a Jikes developer needs
to know for day-to-day (or night-to-night?) work. It describes the
development stages used for Jikes, and explains how this chain works
(to some extent).
The second part of this FAQ lists all the platforms on which Jikes
is known to compile and run. Each topic is dedicated to one particular
platform, explaining the platform-specific problems and tuning that
may be necessary to make it work. If an official binary is available
from the Jikes Web site, the options used to produce it are described
The advisable way of using this FAQ is to read the first section
to learn what the development process of Jikes is, then jump to
your platform to learn about the specifics for it.
In a hurry? Just click on your platform (on
the left), and follow the highlighted boxes like this
one: it's the shortest path to build a functional