RFR(xs): 8184339: Thread::current_or_null() should not assert if Posix TLS is not yet initialized
thomas.stuefe at gmail.com
Tue Jul 18 05:47:10 UTC 2017
On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 10:33 PM, Daniel D. Daugherty <
daniel.daugherty at oracle.com> wrote:
> On 7/17/17 1:00 AM, Thomas Stüfe wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> may I please have reviews + a sponsor for the following fix:
>> bug: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8184339
> No comments.
> Thumbs up! Thanks for the clear analysis in the bug.
> The problem is caused by the fact that Posix TLS cannot be used before it
>> is initialized. It is initialized in os::init(). If we use Posix TLS (eg
>> via Thread::current()) before, we assert. It is used now (since
>> <https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8183925>) before os::init()
>> callstack in bug description).
>> There are two functions, Thread::current() and Thread::current_or_null().
>> The latter should not assert if Posix TLS is not yet available but return
>> NULL instead. This is what callers expect: this function is safe to call,
>> but it might not return a valid Thread*.
>> Note that this issue currently only comes up at AIX, because AIX is the
>> only platform using Posix TLS for Thread::current() - all other platforms
>> use Compiler-based TLS (__thread variables).
>> However, we want to keep the Posix TLS code path alive, so this may also
>> affect other platforms. There have been compiler bugs in the past (e.g.
>> + glibc) leading to errors when using compiler-based TLS, so it is good to
>> have a reliable fallback.
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