RFR(m): 8185712: [windows] Improve native symbol decoder
goetz.lindenmaier at sap.com
Wed Sep 6 08:18:58 UTC 2017
I had a look at the new webrev you sent after Zhengyu's comments.
I appreciate the new tests. Looks good.
I still think removal of Decoder::can_decode_C_frame_in_vm() should
go into this change, because windows was the only platform to use this.
If you insist put it in a change of its own, but to me it seems odd to leave
this in the code in your change.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Thomas Stüfe [mailto:thomas.stuefe at gmail.com]
> Sent: Dienstag, 5. September 2017 15:06
> To: Lindenmaier, Goetz <goetz.lindenmaier at sap.com>
> Cc: hotspot-runtime-dev at openjdk.java.net; Ioi Lam <ioi.lam at oracle.com>
> Subject: Re: RFR(m): 8185712: [windows] Improve native symbol decoder
> Hi Goetz,
> thank you for your review!
> New Webrev:
> Delta to last:
> The only change is that I removed the -XX:InitializeDbgHelpEarly switch to
> avoid having to file a CSR.
> Please find further comments inline:
> On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 5:08 PM, Lindenmaier, Goetz
> <goetz.lindenmaier at sap.com <mailto:goetz.lindenmaier at sap.com> >
> Hi Thomas,
> I had a look at your change. Great somebody finally fixes
> the windows symbol printing, thanks a lot!
> The code looks good, I'm just not sure whether you
> need new files symbolengine.c|hpp. Isn't that
> just what should go to decoder_windows.h|cpp and
> class Decoder?
> You would also get rid of the redirections in decoder_windows.cpp.
> As we discussed, I see your point, but would prefer to leave the change for
> the moment as it is.
> A similar change to this one - doing away with the AbstractDecoder object
> instantiation layer - will be coming for AIX, where it does not make much
> sense either, and I propose to do a separate cleanup or simplification change
> once that is done, merging decoder_windows.cpp and
> symbolengine.cpp/hpp. Unless I hear more objections from other reviewers,
> I'd prefer to do this in a later patch.
> In shutdown() you comment
> // There is no reason ever to shut down the decoder.
> ... I think you can remove that function altogether, i.e. also
> from the shared code, I don't see where it is ever called.
> Totally agree...
> Also, I think, you can just delete
> from the code. The only place where it is used, in frame.cpp,
> calls dll_address_to_duntion_name(). This returns useful information
> also in the case of the NullDecoder, which now is the only one to
> return false in that function.
> totally agree also here, but would also prefer both issues in a separate
> change. In fact, Ioi opened a bug for this a while ago:
> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8144855 - and I would like to fix
> it under that bug. Reason is, in this change, I'd like to avoid changing shared
> sources as much as possible and keep this change windows only.
> Globals_windows.hpp needs Copyright adaption, please.
> This is not introduced by your change, but maybe
> you can also fix the copyright in decoder.hpp, which
> says " 1997, 2015, 2017" ... should only name two
> years ...
> Not needed anymore: since I removed the -XX:InitializeDbgHelpEarly switch,
> globals_windows.hpp is reverted to its original state. Do you still want me to
> fix the date?
> Thanks for the review work!
> Best regards,
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: hotspot-runtime-dev [mailto:hotspot-runtime-dev-
> > bounces at openjdk.java.net <mailto:bounces at openjdk.java.net> ]
> On Behalf Of Thomas Stüfe
> > Sent: Mittwoch, 30. August 2017 14:34
> > To: hotspot-runtime-dev at openjdk.java.net <mailto:hotspot-
> runtime-dev at openjdk.java.net>
> > Subject: RFR(m): 8185712: [windows] Improve native symbol
> > Hi all,
> > May I please have reviews for the following change.
> > Issue: https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8185712
> > Webrev:
> > http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~stuefe/webrevs/8185712-windows-
> improve- <http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~stuefe/webrevs/8185712-windows-
> > native-symbol-resolver/webrev.01/webrev/
> > (This is the followup to:
> <https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8186349> )
> > -------------
> > Basically, this is a reimplementation of the layer around the
> > Symbol API (the API used to resolve debug symbols). The old
> > implementation
> > had a number of errors and shortcomings which together caused
> > Windows
> > native symbol resolution (and hence callstacks in error logs) to be a
> > of a lottery. The aim of this reimplementation is to make the code
> > robust and easier to maintain.
> > The problems with the existing implementation are listed in detail
> in the
> > bug description.
> > The new implementation:
> > - uses the new centralized WindowsDbgHelper class, which wraps
> > dbghelp.dll loading, introduced with JDK-8186349
> > - Completely bypasses the "create two instances of
> AbstractDecoder class
> > and synchronize access to them" scheme in decoder.cpp. It does
> not make
> > sense for windows, where we have to synchronize each access to
> > dbghelp.dll anyway - this is done one layer below in
> WindowsDbgHelper. The
> > static methods of the shared Decoder class now directly access the
> > methods in the new SymbolEngine class, see
> > - The layer wrapping the Symbol API lives in the new
> > files. The coding takes care of properly initializing (once) the symbol
> > and of assembling the pdb search path.
> > - Pdb search path construction is changed: where before we just
> added jdk
> > and jvm bin directories, we now just add all directories of all loaded
> > (which, of course, include the jdk and jvm bin directories). That way
> > have a high chance of catching pdb files of third party libraries, as
> > as they follow the convention of putting the pdb files beside the
> > This means it is easier to analyse crashes where third party DLLs are
> > involved.
> > - On Windows, we now have source file and line number in the
> > - There is a new parameter, diagnostic and windows-only,
> > called "InitializeDbgHelpEarly". That parameter is by default off. If
> > it causes the symbol engine to be initialized early, which increases
> > chance of good callstacks later on (because the initialization does
> > have to run in an error situation).
> > - Added tests: gtests and a jtreg test which tests the callstack
> > All tests windows only. There is no technical reason for making
> > windows only, but I wanted to keep disturbances to other
> platforms to a
> > minimum and these kind of tests can be shaky.
> > Thanks a lot for reviewing this!
> > Kind Regards, Thomas
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