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Re: [platform-swt-dev] usage finalize() as last resort ofresourcemanagement
- From: "Ivan Markov" <ivan.markov@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 10:45:55 +0200
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ivan Markov" <ivan.markov@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Eclipse Platform SWT component developers list."
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 10:43 AM
Subject: Re: [platform-swt-dev] usage finalize() as last resort
> Your case can be overcome if the GC keeps references to the Font,
> color and background color that are set in it (and the rest of the
> resources, of course).
> I don't say such a scheme is simple to implement, but it is in no way
> I tried to do something like this in SWT/Fox, but implemented on the
> By the way, the current working of SWT also may easily cause segmentation
> fault. Consider:
> GC gc = ...
> Font font = ...;
> This blows up on Fox and probably on GTK+ and Motif too.
> On Windows this will generate GDI error, and unpredictable display result,
> but not GPF.
> So tracking resource references will help avoid the upper problem too, and
> will move SWT one step towards "secure API", i.e. one that:
> - when NOT used carefully still does not result in JVM GPF (99% of the
> API has such protections, including AWT is like this)
> - afterwards, it could be possible to declare SWT "safe" for use from
> unsigned applets in that there is no way for the applet code to cause GPF
> in some other way elevate its privileges by memory corruption.
> Of course, whether all that is worth the effort is another topic..
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Centgraf" <peter@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: "Eclipse Platform SWT component developers list."
> Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 11:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [platform-swt-dev] usage finalize() as last resort of
> > Danail Nachev wrote:
> > > The discussion which I
> > > try to find is answer to the question: why finalize() isn't used as
> > > resort for freeing system resources as it is used for FileInputStream
> > > for example? Am I missing something here?
> > The last comment on the bug refers to the specific issue in this case,
> > is explained in the article. Some things that appear to be garbage on
> > Java side (because there are no Java references to them) will still be
> > (because there are OS-level references to them). This bad sequence
> > 1. Java objects initialize some resources.
> > 2. OS sets up references to resources.
> > 3. Java objects go out of scope.
> > 4. Java objects are finalized.
> > 5. OS resources are disposed.
> > 6. Java call delegates to OS.
> > 7. OS tries to use resources.
> > 8. Pain and suffering.
> > Take the example (from the article) of an X-Windows GC and Font. A GC
> > refer to a Font via OS-level structures. From the Java side, the Font
> > to be garbage, but it's actually still in use. If the Font is disposed
> > finalizer, things will blow up in an ugly way. Your JVM dies with a
> > Segmentation Fault or somesuch platform-specific nonsense.
> > --
> > Peter Centgraf
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