[Vm-dev] Re: [ANN] 7061 = Squeak 3.9 final

John M McIntosh johnmci at smalltalkconsulting.com
Mon Sep 25 21:15:24 UTC 2006

On 25-Sep-06, at 12:33 PM, Adrian Lienhard wrote:

> On Sep 25, 2006, at 21:11 , Brad Fuller wrote:
>> Brad Fuller wrote:
>>> tim Rowledge wrote:
>>> Wouldn't the VM Crash, that I and others reported, be a reason  
>>> not to
>>> release until fixed? Mantis issue# 0005056
>>> brad
>> No comment on my question?
> I think, the current VM issues would be a good reason to pospone  
> the release.
> Unfortunately, as it seems to me, the VM is quite poorly  
> maintained. Probably the main reason being that the maintainers  
> don't have enough time (or, in other words, because they are not  
> paid to fix the problems). Another difficulty is that there are  
> only few people that actually work on the VM (why?)

$ (or lack there of)

> Apart from the bug you mention (http://bugs.impara.de/view.php? 
> id=0005056) there are others.

a pointer to memory is an unsigned value, not a signed integer. Tim  
will gladly accept lots of $$ to fix that.

> For example:
> - http://bugs.impara.de/view.php?id=4709 (VM blocks after memory  
> consumtion exceeds ~120MB)

I added a note about http://minnow.cc.gatech.edu/squeak/3710, since  
likely the problem is hitting the wall when attempting to grow the  

> - http://bugs.impara.de/view.php?id=4882 (VM lockup)

See added notes about setVMStatsTraceMessageSendLevels:
The Mac carbon VM and unix VMs all share the same code for aioPoll  
and socket logic.
Since all the source code *is* available others are welcome to look  
at the logic and try to figure out what is going on.

> Cheers,
> Adrian
> PS: cc to vm-dev

John M. McIntosh <johnmci at smalltalkconsulting.com>
Corporate Smalltalk Consulting Ltd.  http://www.smalltalkconsulting.com

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