RFR JDK-8232222: Set state to 'linked' when an archived class is restored at runtime

David Holmes david.holmes at oracle.com
Wed Jun 3 05:16:35 UTC 2020

Hi Ioi,

On 3/06/2020 2:55 pm, Ioi Lam wrote:
> On 5/27/20 11:13 PM, David Holmes wrote:
>> Hi Jiangli,
>> On 28/05/2020 11:35 am, Ioi Lam wrote:
>>>> I was going to take the suggestion, but realized that it would add
>>>> unnecessary complications for archived boot classes with class
>>>> pre-initialization support. Some agents may set
>>>> JvmtiExport::should_post_class_prepare(). It's worthwhile to support
>>>> class pre-init uniformly for archived boot classes with
>>>> JvmtiExport::should_post_class_prepare() enabled or disabled.
>>> This would introduce behavioral changes when JVMTI is enabled:
>>> + The order of JvmtiExport::post_class_prepare is different than before
>>> + JvmtiExport::post_class_prepare may be called for a class that was 
>>> not called before (if the class is never linked during run time)
>>> + JvmtiExport::post_class_prepare was called inside the init_lock, 
>>> now it's called outside of the init_lock
>> I have to say I share Ioi's concerns here. This change will impact JVM 
>> TI agents in a way we can't be sure of. From a specification 
>> perspective I think we are fine as linking can be lazy or eager, so 
>> there's no implied order either. But this would be a behavioural 
>> change that will be observable by agents. (I'm less concerned about 
>> the init_lock situation as it seems potentially buggy to me to call 
>> out to an agent with the init_lock held in the first place! I find it 
>> hard to imagine an agent only working correctly if the init_lock is 
>> held.)
> David,
> The init_lock has a serializing effect. The callback for a subclass will 
> not be executed until the callback for its super class has been finished.

Sorry I don't see that is the case. The init_lock for the subclass is 
distinct from the init_lock of the superclass, and linking of subclasses 
and superclasses is independent.


> With the proposed patch, the callback for both the super class and 
> subclass can proceed in parallel. So if an agent performs class 
> hierarchy analysis, for example, it may need to perform extra 
> synchronization.
> This is just one example that I can think of. I am sure there are other 
> issues that we have not thought about.
> The fact is we are dealing with arbitrary code in the callbacks, and we 
> are changing the conditions of how they are called. The calls happen 
> inside very delicate code (class loading, system dictionary). I am 
> reluctant to do the due diligence, which is substantial, of verifying 
> that this is a safe change, unless we have a really compelling reason to 
> do so.
> Thanks
> - Ioi

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