javac server: No port file values materialized. on AIX

Volker Simonis volker.simonis at
Mon Jan 18 14:39:39 UTC 2016

On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 3:34 PM, Andreas Lundblad
<andreas.lundblad at> wrote:
>> >> Interesting observation. The code for waiting for valid port file values
>> >> basically looks like
>> >>
>> >>      for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
>> >>          checkPortFile();
>> >>          if (successful)
>> >>              break;
>> >>          sleep(500);
>> >>      }
>> >>
>> >> so the fact that it even reaches 6676 ms looks suspicious when it comes to
>> >> load.
>> >
>> >
>> > Why? Under load those sleep(500)'s might not return for much longer; and the
>> > whole things might be time preempted at any point for an extended period of
>> > time.
> What I meant was that the fact that the code takes 6676 ms to complete increases my suspicion about it being due to a load issue.
>> What about putting another loop around this loop which prints a
>> warning to stdout (e.g. "..trying to connect to sjavac server since X
>> seconds") for another five or so times. We could also print the system
>> load [1] although I'm not sure it's worth it. On our AIX machines it
>> is often a network/NFS problem which causes long startup times of new
>> executables and this won't be observable by looking at the system load
>> (but it may at least give a hint').
>> [1]
> I don't think a loop around the loop is necessary. The actual code (which is slightly different from the snippet I posted above) already prints a message between each attempt.
> I was thinking of just bumping the timeout from 5 seconds to, say, 60 seconds. If it's a load issue, we should se something like "Port file values found after 9000 ms", in which case we know for sure that it was a premature timeout issue. If no port files materialize after >60 seconds, we can probably safely assume that the issue is due to something else.

Sounds good. Let's try it.

> -- Andreas

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