Zero and native support on linux-ia64

John Paul Adrian Glaubitz glaubitz at
Sat Dec 23 19:14:17 UTC 2017

On 12/23/2017 05:00 PM, Andrew Haley wrote:
> On 23/12/17 11:44, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote:
>> So, I am wondering, did OpenJDK have native support for ia64 at some point or
>> was this all needed for Zero? I know that ia64 has some weird peculiarities
>> and was wondering whether it's still possible to build Zero here.
> There was native support for ia64, but it never made it into OpenJDK.  You'd
> have to see if Zero still builds.

Ok, thanks! I did manage to build Openjdk-8 using existing OpenJDK-7 binaries
from Debian Wheezy. However, the JVM crashes. My suspicion - I haven't done any
in-depth analysis yet - is that there are remnants of the native ia64 support
that were compiled in for this build and therefore resulted in the crash.

I also noticed that OpenJDK-10 has received more clean-up regarding the native
support and I suppose that only the necessary #ifdefs for Zero on ia64 are
left such as the one in [1]. However, since I haven't tried cross-compiling
OpenJDK yet, I had to start with OpenJDK-8 instead of 10.

The backtrace of the crash is below in any case.

(wheezy-backports_ia64-dchroot)glaubitz at titanium:~/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/build/jdk/bin$ gdb ./javac
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Reading symbols from /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/build/jdk/bin/javac...done.
(gdb) r
Starting program: /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/build/jdk/bin/javac
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/ia64-linux-gnu/".
[New Thread 0x2000000001627200 (LWP 1627)]

Program received signal SIGILL, Illegal instruction.
[Switching to Thread 0x2000000001627200 (LWP 1627)]
0x2000000000a328b1 in java_lang_String::compute_offsets () at
152     void java_lang_String::compute_offsets() {
(gdb) bt
#0  0x2000000000a328b1 in java_lang_String::compute_offsets ()
    at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/hotspot/src/share/vm/classfile/javaClasses.cpp:152
#1  0x2000000000ee4b70 in SystemDictionary::initialize_preloaded_classes (__the_thread__=0x60000000000116c0)
    at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/hotspot/src/share/vm/classfile/systemDictionary.cpp:1902
#2  0x2000000000f24bd0 in Universe::genesis (__the_thread__=0x60000000000116c0)
    at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/hotspot/src/share/vm/memory/universe.cpp:302
#3  0x2000000000f281d0 in universe2_init () at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/hotspot/src/share/vm/memory/universe.cpp:1021
#4  0x2000000000965a80 in init_globals () at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/hotspot/src/share/vm/runtime/init.cpp:116
#5  0x2000000000f046d0 in Threads::create_vm (args=0x20000000016267d0, canTryAgain=0x20000000016267b0)
    at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/hotspot/src/share/vm/runtime/thread.cpp:3421
#6  0x2000000000a70a20 in JNI_CreateJavaVM (vm=0x2000000001626808, penv=0x2000000001626800, args=0x20000000016267d0)
    at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/hotspot/src/share/vm/prims/jni.cpp:5220
#7  0x20000000000d43f0 in InitializeJVM (ifn=<optimized out>, penv=<optimized out>, pvm=<optimized out>)
    at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/jdk/src/share/bin/java.c:1215
#8  JavaMain (_args=0x60000fffffff73f0) at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/jdk/src/share/bin/java.c:376
#9  0x20000000000de910 in call_continuation (_args=0x60000fffffff73c8)
    at /home/glaubitz/debian/openjdk-8/openjdk-8-8u151-b12/src/jdk/src/solaris/bin/java_md_solinux.c:1034
#10 0x200000000005ebb0 in start_thread () from /lib/ia64-linux-gnu/
#11 0x20000000002c98c0 in __clone2 () from /lib/ia64-linux-gnu/
#12 0x0000000000000000 in ?? ()


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