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From "Gregory Shimansky" <gshiman...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [jira] Created: (HARMONY-479) java.io.FileInputStream and FileOutputStream might cause Finalizer thread suspending
Date Tue, 23 May 2006 12:30:05 GMT
Hello Paulex

I have no objections against your changes. A check is always cheaper than

I just wondered how a user code such as finalizer can affect VM like that,
nothing more.

2006/5/23, Paulex Yang <paulex.yang@gmail.com>:
> > I have a question about this problem. Do you know how exception in
> > finalizer
> > method affects the finalizer thread that it becomes suspended? I thought
> > that when calling finalize method the code should catch all exceptions
> > thrown by it and ignore them. AFAIK that's how finalizers are
> > implemented in
> > DRLVM. It specification it is written that
> First of all, I think this issue should not happen if the spec of
> FileInputStream/OutputStream doesn't require the implementation to
> invoke close() in finalize() method, IMHO, generally it's not good
> practice to depend on finalize(), and I guess this spec is inherited
> from very early version, say, JDK 1.0, when the channel hasn't been not
> introduced.
> And actually I don't know exactly what happened to the finalizer thread
> when the NullPointerException thrown, because, as you know, the Harmony
> VME provided by IBM is only binary. What I saw is that the debugger
> sometimes stops on the suspending finalizer thread at the
> FileInputStream/OutputStream's close(), and the message shows that
> "NullPointerException caused suspending"(maybe not exact words, but very
> similar). So I tried to fix this problem in Java codes.
> And I'd glad to have a try on DRLVM later, but anyway,  I think it is
> not bad idea to make our classlib codes more defensive and reliable.
> your ideas?
Gregory Shimansky, Intel Middleware Products Division

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