G1GC/ JIT compilation bug hunt.

Mikael Gerdin mikael.gerdin at oracle.com
Tue Aug 13 23:58:55 PDT 2013

Hi Dawid,

On 2013-08-14 08:27, Dawid Weiss wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am a committer to the Lucene/Solr project. We've recently hit what
> we believe is a JIT/GC bug -- it manifests itself only when G1GC is
> used, on a 32-bit VM:
> Using Java: 32bit/jdk1.8.0-ea-b102 -server -XX:+UseG1GC
> Java: 32bit/jdk1.7.0_25 -server -XX:+UseG1GC
> Here is the Lucene issue where more information is available:
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-5168
> In the essence, the problem is that the code hits an assertion (in
> Java) which it should never reach. There used to be a problem with our
> implementation of readByte which tripped C2, but this was patched by
> an alternate implementation a while back -- see here, line 97 (inside
> readVInt):
> http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/lucene/dev/branches/branch_4x/lucene/core/src/java/org/apache/lucene/store/DataInput.java
> This time it seems to be something else and is *not* easily
> reproducible on a smaller example (it's not even reproducible on that
> particular test all the time).
> Is there anything you can think of that we can do and which would help
> you in narrowing down what the problem might be? I initially thought
> to pass -XX:+PrintCompilation -XX:+PrintAssembly but this will result
> in a huge log as this happens some time in the middle of a test run
> (and not always). If there's a shorter route I'd be happy to use it.

If you have a guess about which method is mis-compiled you can try with
-XX:CompileCommand="print org/apache/foo::method"
This enables +PrintNMethods on a per-method basis.

If you suspect several methods you can use CompileCommandFile and create 
a text file with several "print" commands.

You also need to compile the hsdis disassembler library and place it in 
the jre/lib/i386 directory to get the actual output from 


> Dawid

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