[Pharo-project] 12186 image quit problem

Igor Stasenko siguctua at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 05:46:47 EDT 2010

On 11 October 2010 12:10, Stéphane Ducasse <stephane.ducasse at inria.fr> wrote:
> I integrate
>        Issue 3086:     MCMethodDefinition>>shutdown hack to avoid lock down.
>        http://code.google.com/p/pharo/issues/detail?id=3086
> Igor can you have a look and let me know:
>        1- if we should rollback Issue 3086:    MCMethodDefinition>>shutdown hack to avoid lock down.
>        2- if we should integrate
>                Issue 3048:     MC method cache fix
>                http://code.google.com/p/pharo/issues/detail?id=3048
> I will integrate
>        http://code.google.com/p/pharo/issues/detail?id=3091

Wait , MCMethodDefinition is only a consequence (however, removing it
from weakdependents would be good idea as well ;)).

The real cultprit is HostSystemMenusProxy , which locks the weak
registry during finalization.
Then MCMethodDefinition>>shutdown simply locks at same point (trying
to obtain semaphore lock).
Note, that HostSystemMenusProxy locks finalization process, but not
the process which doing shutdown,
and then during image startup, a new finalization process get created.
That's why removing access to weakdependents in
MCMethodDefinition>>shutdown , kinda solved the issue.
In reality its not.
An old weak registry were sending #finalize outside a critical section:

	"Some of our elements may have gone away. Look for those and activate
the associated executors."
	| finiObjects |
	finiObjects := nil.
	"First collect the objects."
	self protected:[
		valueDictionary allAssociationsDo:[:assoc|
			assoc key isNil ifTrue:[
				finiObjects isNil
					ifTrue:[finiObjects := OrderedCollection with: assoc value]
					ifFalse:[finiObjects add: assoc value]]
		finiObjects isNil ifFalse:[valueDictionary finalizeValues:
finiObjects asArray].
	"Then do the finalization"
	finiObjects isNil ifTrue:[^self].
	finiObjects do:[:each| each finalize].

So, there two ways to solve it:
a) perform finalization outside a critical section (see attached)
b) fix the HostSystemMenusProxy to prevent any manupulation with weak
registry during finalization.

I checked Squeak 4.2 image, and i can also say, that any attempt to
manipulate weak registry during finalization will also lock down a
finalization process (see Squeak's WeakRegistry>>finalizeValues &

So, if we going to assume, in future that it is error to modify weak
registry during finalization, then we should leave the code in
WeakRegistry as-is, and fix HostSystemMenusProxy instead.
If not, the we should make sure that #finalize should be sent outside
weak registry's critical section.

And the last note: if VM supports new finalization, it will happen
outside a critical section (See the
bottom of WeakRegistry>>finalizeValues). So any manipulations with
registry during finalization can't cause lockdown.

P.S. forwarded to Squeak-dev, to make Squeakers aware of potential
danger , when manipulating weak registry during finalization.

Best regards,
Igor Stasenko AKA sig.
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: WeakRegistry-finalizeValues.st
Type: application/octet-stream
Size: 1075 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.pharo.org/pipermail/pharo-dev_lists.pharo.org/attachments/20101011/92d0b3a6/attachment.st>

More information about the Pharo-dev mailing list