Request for Review: 7094995: test/java/util/zip/ZipFile/ causes continuous GC in agentvm mode

Neil Richards neil.richards at
Tue Nov 22 17:50:45 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-11-22 at 17:22 +0000, Neil Richards wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-11-22 at 16:56 +0000, Chris Hegarty wrote:
> > This change does look good.
> > 
> > Not directly related to your changes Neil, and I know we swallow 
> > InterruptedException in many tests, but does it make sense to set 
> > keepRunning = false if the GcInducingThread is interrupted?
> > 
> > jtreg will use Thread.interrupt when trying to "cleanup" after the test 
> > has exited. I know in regular execution this should never happen, I'm 
> > just thinking about the case where some other bug is lurking, and also 
> > what is the general practice to handling InterruptedException in these 
> > tests? I really don't like that we ignore it when jtreg uses it for cleanup.
> > 
> > -Chris.
> Hi Chris,
> Thanks for your feedback.
> You make a good point regarding InterruptedException, particularly as
> this test will hang on "failure" (ie. if the problem it's testing for
> still exists), so would likely exercise this jtreg "cleanup".
> (I'm assuming that the cleanup occurs only if a test hasn't finished
> within some specified time limit).
> Can you tell me, when jtreg decides to fire an interrupt at a test, has
> it already concluded that the test has "failed" (or, at least, not
> "passed") ?
> If it has reached this conclusion, then I think the change you suggest
> will be sufficient. 
> Otherwise, I'll also need to record that the GC'ing thread was
> interrupted, so that the main thread can check this and an exception to
> ensure it can't be misinterpreted as "passing".

Or, perhaps, convert the InterruptedException to a RuntimeException
thrown up and out of the GC'ing thread's run() method.

> Advice on this point gratefully received.
> Thanks, Neil

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