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From Oliver Deakin <oliver.dea...@googlemail.com>
Subject [launcher] Uncaught exceptions not printed on J9 VME
Date Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:25:31 GMT
Hi all,

A little while back there was a thread called "[drlvm] Should the 
launcher print uncaught exceptions?" [1] where we discussed the fact 
that running a test case like [2] did not print a stack trace with the 
Harmony launcher. As part of this discussion, HARMONY-1819 was raised 
and the line "(*jvm)->DetachCurrentThread(jvm)" was added to the 
launcher main.c in repo revision r464443.

HARMONY-3713 was later raised pointing out that calling 
DetachCurrentThread() to detach the main thread was contrary to the spec 
[3], and the line was removed from main.c. However, I have just noticed 
that if you run [2] on the current J9 VME (and, in fact, on the RI with 
a simple launcher) you do not get any stack trace printed, and I imagine 
this has been the case since the commit of HARMONY-3713.

The RI has a bug [4], contrary to the spec [3], which requires 
DetachCurrentThread() to be called by the invoking launcher if you wish 
to see the stack trace of an uncaught exception. It appears that J9 has 
matched this bug, probably so no unexpected trace is printed in 
launchers programmed against the RI.

So currently running Harmony classlib with the J9 VME will not result in 
any stack trace being printed for uncaught exceptions, which makes 
debugging issues where that occurs more troublesome. Id like to propose 
that the DetachCurrentThread() line be readded to main.c (i.e. the 
opposite of the patch for HARMONY-3713), perhaps with a comment to show 
that this is to match the behaviour of the RI rather than the spec.

Any objections?



public class HelloWorld {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        throw new RuntimeException("hello");


[4] http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=4992454

Oliver Deakin
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