[Gc] Re: gcj 4.6 on OpenBSD/x86

Kurt Miller kurt at intricatesoftware.com
Sat Jun 1 08:55:15 PDT 2013

Hi Ivan,

Please see replies inline below.

On 06/01/13 04:35, Ivan Maidanski wrote:
> Hi Kurt,
> 1. One thing is unclear to me (from the patch): OpenBSD provides (or
> provided) nice way to suspend/getstate/resume threads, your patch
> disables it (for recent OpenBSD) in favor of emulation of these
> operations via signals which has drawbacks (like hard-coding signal
> numbers, etc.) but inevitable on most pthread-based platforms. What's
> the reason?

When we implemented kernel supported threads on OpenBSD (aka rthreads)
we considered implementing pthread_suspend_np however we decided against
it. There were two main application users of these non-portable
functions: boehm-gc and OpenJDK perhaps also mono. Under our previous
thread library, uthreads, we emulated threading and didn't have kernel
backed threads. For boehm-gc I used pthread_suspend_np but it needed the
current stack pointer for which we didn't have a function for, so I
wrote a rather gross hack that offset into the private pthread structure
and obtained it that way. So when we looked at what to do for rthreads
we decided that using signals was more portable then introducing another
non portable pthread function to obtain the stack pointer for the
suspended process. We removed all use of pthread_suspend_np and related
functions from our ports tree at the time we cut over to rthreads and
bumped major version number on libpthread.so.

> 2. There are 2 independent part in your patch: first is for dyn_load.c
> and for the rest, right? (if yes, I'll break it into to commits)

Yes that is correct. Oh, I noticed that I repeated the define for
HAVE_DL_ITERATE_PHDR. Corrected diff attached.

> 3. Reason of adding include <sys/param.h> to gc_config_macros.h is to
> define OpenBSD, right?

Yes, that gets us the OpenBSD define which is the year and month of the

> 4. Some commit message is highly appreciated

- Add support for rthreads (kernel supported threads) introduced OpenBSD
5.2 and higher. Maintain support for older releases using uthreads on
OpenBSD as well.

> 5. I don't think we should apply to 7.2d (this seems to be not a fix)

Right. I'm mostly concerned with getting this included upstream for
future releases. I have a patched 7.2d about to be committed to our
ports tree.

> The rest looks good (I haven't tested it on OpenBSD though).

Thank you for your review.


> Regards,
> Ivan
> Fri, 31 May 2013, 15:30 -04:00 from Kurt Miller
> <kurt at intricatesoftware.com>:
>     Hi Ivan,
>     Sorry about the long delay. Attached please find a diff that update's
>     OpenBSD's support to handle our kernel based threads since 5.2 release
>     and maintains the prior user-land threads code for pre 5.2.
>     A similar diff for 7.2d has been tested on the following OpenBSD
>     architectures: i386, amd64, sparc64, macppc, hppa, alpha.
>     Please consider incorporating this diff into your git repository.
>     Thank you,
>     -Kurt

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