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A developer can either work with the version control system or download = one of the releases. If you are interested in doing development of Jikes RV= M you should probably use Mercurial instead of downloading a release.
Major and minor releases of Jikes RVM occur at regular intervals. These = releases are archived in the file download ar= ea in either tar-gzip (jikesrvm-<version>.tar.gz) or tar-bzip2 (jikes= rvm-<version>.tar.bz2) format. Use your web browser to download the l= atest version of Jikes RVM then to extract the tar-gzip archive type:
or for the tar-bzip2 archive type:
The source code for Jikes RVM is stored in a Mercurial repos= itory. Mercurial and other distributed revision control systems are quite d= ifferent from centralized version control systems like CVS and Subversion. = If you are not familiar with Mercurial, you can find instructions on Mercur= ial use at http://mercurial.selenic.com/guide/. There is = also a Mercurial Book.
After installing Mercurial the current version of source can be download= ed via:
This will clone the Jikes RVM repository into the newly created director= y jikesrvm.
If you need a specific version, it is recommended to clone the complete = repository nonetheless. You can then switch to a specific release, e.g. 2.4= .6, by doing the following:
If you are a not core developer you will not be able to push changes to = the main Jikes RVM repository directly. If you want to contribute to the Ji= kes RVM, please take a look at this = page.