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From Tim Ellison <t.p.elli...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [vmi] Extending the VMI to allow setting a default portlib
Date Fri, 15 Sep 2006 10:06:57 GMT
Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> 
> Tim Ellison wrote:
>> At present, the Harmony launcher creates and passes an instance of the
>> portlib to the VM as it is being created (via an
>> _org.apache.harmony.vmi.portlib init arg).  This is good because allows
>> the launcher to define functions used for memory alloc, file IO, etc.
>> early.
>>
>> However, we also need to work with regular applications that are
>> embedding the JVM, and don't know/want to set up this argument for us.
>> In such a case the classlib should use a default portlib (and possibly
>> JVM subsequently if it wants).
> 
> This seems backwards to me.  Wouldn't we want the VM use the default
> portlib and give that to the classlib?

VMs that want to use the portlib can do that today anyway (e.g. drlvm
was creating the portlib itself), so this would allow setting the
portlib by the classlib where the VM doesn't care.

So today, the launcher creates a portlib and passes it in as a VM
property, and the VM stores the struct ptr in the VMI.

I'm suggesting that we allow any one of:
 - VM takes the version passed in via the launcher property
 - VM creates a default version and puts it in VMI
 - classlib creates a default version and puts it in VMI

Regards,
Tim

>> I propose that we retain support for the init arg, but make it optional,
>> and that we extend the VMI [1] to allow setting the portlib struct where
>> it has not been previously defined.  The portlib struct can only be
>> defined once, subsequent attempts to set the portlib would return an
>> error.  Of course, you can still modify the struct to redefine the
>> functions it contains.
>>
>> The new VMI function would be:
>>   vmiError(JNICALL * SetPortLibrary)
>>     (VMInterface * vmi, HyPortLibrary * portlib);
>>
>> then the early logic in JNI_OnLoad for luniglob.c [2] would become:
>>  (a) if vmInterface->GetPortLibrary(vmi) is not NULL then continue
>>  (b) otherwise create new portlib, and vmi->SetPortlib(vmi, portlib).
>>
>> and the corresponding JNI_OnUnload would destroy the portlib iff it had
>> been created in step (b).
>>
>>
>> [1]
>> http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/incubator/harmony/enhanced/classlib/trunk/modules/luni/src/main/native/include/shared/vmi.h?revision=442941&view=markup
>>
>> [2]
>> http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/incubator/harmony/enhanced/classlib/trunk/modules/luni/src/main/native/luni/shared/luniglob.c?revision=442941&view=markup
>>
>>
>> Comments?
>>
>> Regards,
>> Tim
>>
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Tim Ellison (t.p.ellison@gmail.com)
IBM Java technology centre, UK.

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