[Gc] GC crash on OSX 10.3.1 (7C103)

Andrew Begel abegel@eecs.berkeley.edu
Mon, 10 Nov 2003 20:10:39 -0800


I'm getting a consistent crash in the garbage collector GC_init() 
routine when I try linking in the libgc.dylib from a Java application 
(works fine when linked from other apps, even complex situations like 
XEmacs loading my lib).

I've got a bundle that loads a dylib that uses the garbage collector. I 
have an init routine on the dylib to call GC_init() when the dylib is 
loaded. This all occurs successfully, however, the garbage collector 
crashes in GC_mark_from() (the 3rd time that it is called). It crashes 
in both optimized and non-optimized libgc. Here's a stack trace:

#0  0x08bf4010 in GC_mark_from (mark_stack_top=0x6e00a8, 
mark_stack=0x6e00a8, mark_stack_limit=0x6e80a8) at mark.c:759
#1  0x08bf35a8 in GC_mark_some (cold_gc_frame=0xf07fe670 "?\177??") at 
mark.c:361
#2  0x08be9320 in GC_stopped_mark (stop_func=0x8be84ac 
<GC_never_stop_func>) at alloc.c:515
#3  0x08be8de0 in GC_try_to_collect_inner (stop_func=0x8be84ac 
<GC_never_stop_func>) at alloc.c:362
#4  0x08bf82c4 in GC_init_inner () at misc.c:767
#5  0x08bf7cdc in GC_init () at misc.c:486
#6  0x0afca578 in alloc_init() () at alloc.cc:36
#7  0x0afca4d8 in oft_init2 () at macosx.cc:7
#8  0x8fe09c18 in __dyld_call_image_init_routines ()
#9  0x8fe11880 in __dyld_link_in_need_modules ()
#10 0x8fe134e4 in __dyld__dyld_link_module ()
#11 0x9003f5a8 in NSLinkModule ()
#12 0x9487ff4c in JNI_CreateJavaVM_Impl ()
#13 0x948987a8 in JVM_LoadLibrary ()
#14 0x94742fbc in Java_java_lang_ClassLoader_00024NativeLibrary_load ()

Program received signal EXC_BAD_ACCESS, Could not access memory.
0x08bf4010 in GC_mark_from (mark_stack_top=0x6e00a8, 
mark_stack=0x6e00a8, mark_stack_limit=0x6e80a8) at mark.c:759
759               deferred = *limit;
(gdb) p limit
$37 = (word *) 0xf0801180
(gdb) p current_p
$38 = (word *) 0xf0800f88
(gdb) p deferred
$39 = 25170432


I've tried stepping through GC_mark_from() to see what's wrong with it, 
but I can't make much headway into the code. What is this code supposed 
to be doing to the stack? How does it know when it is done? Why is the 
limit and current_p so far away from the mark_stack_top?

At the beginning of this call to GC_mark_from() I printed out 
mark_stack_top:

634       while ((((ptr_t)mark_stack_top - (ptr_t)mark_stack) | credit)
(gdb) p mark_stack_top
$4 = (mse *) 0x6e00a8
(gdb) n
637         current_p = mark_stack_top -> mse_start;
(gdb) n
638         descr = mark_stack_top -> mse_descr;
(gdb) p current_p
$5 = (word *) 0xf0800798
(gdb) p *mark_stack_top
$6 = {
   mse_start = 0xf0800798,
   mse_descr = 3481270376
}

What's up at 0xf0800798? Looks like it is fairly close to the address 
of my bus error.

Any ideas on how to proceed in debugging this?

Andrew