Request for review, 6766644: Redefinition of compiled method fails with assertion "Can not load classes with the Compiler thread"

Tom Rodriguez tom.rodriguez at
Tue Jan 25 11:00:08 PST 2011

On Jan 25, 2011, at 8:49 AM, Keith McGuigan wrote:

> Hello,
> This code modifies the way that JVMTI compiled-method-load events are posted.  Previously, they were posted directly from the compiler thread, which could cause issues if the JVMTI event handling code made calls to RedefineClasses, since the compiler thread is unable to load classes if that is required.  This solution is to defer the posting of the events to the Service thread (formerly: LowMemoryDetector 
> thread) which is a Java thread and is able to load classes.

The posting appears to be asynchronous which I don't think will work.  The method could be unloaded or invalidated and freed before the event has been posted.  It has to be done synchronously I think.

I have a vague memory of someone saying that there were restrictions on what a JVMTI client was allowed to do in response to a CompiledMethodLoad but I can't find any evidence of that.  So is that just a bogus memory or is there some restriction like this?


> The "Service thread" now handles both low-memory detection and JVMTI deferred event posting.   I left the door open for other types of events to be deferred and posted via this mechanism in case we find other situations where posting events from a non-Java thread causes problems.
> webrev:
> --
> - Keith

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