[Gc] FreeBSD threads

Scott L. Burson Scott at solidcore.com
Thu Nov 18 12:35:13 PST 2004

On Thu November 18 2004 11:48 am, Boehm, Hans wrote:
> Is gcj included on FreeBSD systems?  That would be another
> reasonable indication.

I found the following in the GCC platform notes:

"In principle, --enable-threads is now compatible with --enable-libgcj on 
FreeBSD. However, it has only been built and tested on i386-*-freebsd[45] and 
alpha-*-freebsd[45]. The static library may be incorrectly built (symbols are 
missing at link time). There is a rare timing-based startup hang (probably 
involves an assumption about the thread library). Multi-threaded boehm-gc 
(required for libjava) exposes severe threaded signal-handling bugs on 
FreeBSD before 4.5-RELEASE. Other CPU architectures supported by FreeBSD will 
require additional configuration tuning in, at the very least, both boehm-gc 
and libffi."

I'm using i386 and FreeBSD 5, so some of these are non-problems for me.  The 
"rare timing-based startup hang" could be a problem if it's a function of the 
GC itself, but more likely it's a GCJ runtime issue.

I'll try the other tests when I get a chance (could be a while, as I've been 
moved to another project).  Basically, though, this is encouraging.

-- Scott

> > -----Original Message-----
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> > Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2004 11:40 PM
> > To: gc at napali.hpl.hp.com
> > Subject: [Gc] FreeBSD threads
> >
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > A few weeks ago I asked whether the GC was known to work for
> > multithreaded
> > programs under FreeBSD.  (The comments in the makefile are rather
> > discouraging.)  The reply I got was "last time I checked, it
> > was working",
> > which is certainly encouraging but not quite the level of
> > assurance I need to
> > use the GC in a commercial product.  Unless someone on the
> > list is actively
> > using it without problems, it appears I need to do a little more work.
> >
> > Is there a test suite I can run under FreeBSD to check this?
> >
> > -- Scott
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