DetachCurrentThread causes a crash

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DetachCurrentThread causes a crash ezmora 3/31/11 12:17 AM
I have a number of native threads which, from time to time, call Java
methods.
The sequence for calling a Java method is:

1. (*cached_jvm)->AttachCurrentThread(cached_jvm, (void*)&env, NULL);
2. Call Java method
3. (*cached_jvm)->DetachCurrentThread(cached_jvm);

This sequence of calls is repeated anytime a Java method needs to be
invoked, as long as the native thread is alive.
However, every now & then, when I call DetachCurrentThread(), the DVM
crashes with the following error:

03-30 14:07:08.636: ERROR/dalvikvm(24118): ERROR: detaching thread
with interp frames (count=18)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118): "main" prio=5 tid=1 RUNNABLE
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   | group="main" sCount=0
dsCount=0 obj=0x400c8690 self=0x115d8
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   | sysTid=24118 nice=0
sched=0/0 cgrp=default handle=-1343613840
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   | schedstat=( 2602101000
603072000 2458 ) utm=201 stm=59 core=1
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at <my_package>(Native
Method)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
android.os.AsyncTask.finish(AsyncTask.java:590)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
android.os.AsyncTask.access$600(AsyncTask.java:149)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at android.os.AsyncTask
$InternalHandler.handleMessage(AsyncTask.java:603)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:99)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:126)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:3997)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:491)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit
$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:841)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:599)
03-30 14:07:08.636: INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at
dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)
03-30 14:07:08.636: ERROR/dalvikvm(24118): VM aborting
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268): *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
*** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268): Build fingerprint: 'verizon/
trygon/stingray:3.0.1/HRI66/109065:user/release-keys'
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268): pid: 24118, tid: 24118  >>> ...
<<<
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268): signal 11 (SIGSEGV), code 1
(SEGV_MAPERR), fault addr deadd00d
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  r0 fffffe78  r1 deadd00d  r2
00000026  r3 00000000
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  r4 800a2640  r5 800a2640  r6
00000000  r7 5631bc94
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  r8 be835498  r9 5631bc7c  10
0000e140  fp fffffe90
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  ip 800a2758  sp be8353a0  lr
afe6d515  pc 80044c20  cpsr 20000030
03-30 14:07:08.756: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d0  406c9483126e978d  d1
3f50624dd2f1a9fc
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d2  3ffce61cf8e857c5  d3
4288000042640000
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d4  0000000000000000  d5
402e000000000000
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d6  7e37e43c8800759c  d7
4000000000000000
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d8  3f800000422c0000  d9
4680000046800000
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d10 0000000042f20000  d11
0000000000000000
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d12 0000000000000000  d13
0000000000000000
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  d14 0000000000000000  d15
0000000000000000
03-30 14:07:08.766: INFO/DEBUG(13268):  scr 20000012
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268):          #00  pc 00044c20  /
system/lib/libdvm.so (dvmAbort)
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268):          #01  pc 0005244c  /
system/lib/libdvm.so (dvmDetachCurrentThread)
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268):          #02  pc 00047fea  /
system/lib/libdvm.so

03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): code around pc:
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): 80044c00 447a4479 f7d24c0b
2000eb50 ec66f7d2
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): 80044c10 447c4809 6c1b5823
4798b103 22264902
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): 80044c20 f7d2700a bf00ecb0
deadd00d 0004031c
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): 80044c30 00041f21 0005da2a
fffffe78 4b09b40e
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): 80044c40 4c09b517 aa05447b
f852591b 6b9b1b04
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): code around lr:
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): afe6d4f4 4a0e4b0d e92d447b
589c41f0 26004680
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): afe6d504 686768a5 f9b5e006
b113300c 47c04628
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): afe6d514 35544306 37fff117
6824d5f5 d1ef2c00
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): afe6d524 e8bd4630 bf0081f0
0002803c ffffff8c
03-30 14:07:08.866: INFO/DEBUG(13268): afe6d534 b086b570 f602fb01
9004460c a804a901

AFAIK, DetachCurrentThread is called to free local references, and to
detach the Native thread from the VM.
Any idea why this call crashes the VM?
Re: DetachCurrentThread causes a crash Igor R 3/31/11 7:33 AM
> I have a number of native threads which, from time to time, call Java
> methods.
> The sequence for calling a Java method is:
>
> 1. (*cached_jvm)->AttachCurrentThread(cached_jvm, (void*)&env, NULL);
> 2. Call Java method
> 3. (*cached_jvm)->DetachCurrentThread(cached_jvm);
>
> This sequence of calls is repeated anytime a Java method needs to be
> invoked, as long as the native thread is alive.
> However, every now & then, when I call DetachCurrentThread(), the DVM
> crashes with the following error:

It's not a good idea to call attach/detach this way. In general,
DetachCurrentThread() should be called only when the thread is going
to exit. See the following discussion:
http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.handhelds.android.ndk/4687

Re: DetachCurrentThread causes a crash ezmora 3/31/11 9:15 AM

Yes, I saw this discussion already. I'd like to have a deeper understanding of what detachCurrentThread does under the hood, why it causes a crash and why the crash is not consistent. Anyone?

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Re: DetachCurrentThread causes a crash fadden 3/31/11 5:20 PM
On Mar 31, 9:15 am, eyal zmora <eyalzm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes, I saw this discussion already. I'd like to have a deeper understanding
> of what detachCurrentThread does under the hood, why it causes a crash and
> why the crash is not consistent. Anyone?

This log message is the significant one:

ERROR/dalvikvm(24118): ERROR: detaching thread with interp frames
(count=18)

Your native function was called from a thread that had been executing
interpreted code.  That is, something in interpreted code called your
native method, and then your method tried to detach the thread.
Because the thread might be holding mutexes (e.g. one of the methods
in the call chain was synchronized) or might have cleanup code in
"finally" blocks that is expected to run, you're not allowed to simply
detach the thread.  You have to return all the way up the call stack
before you can do that.

In this case:

INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at <my_package>(Native Method)
INFO/dalvikvm(24118):   at android.os.AsyncTask.finish(AsyncTask.java:
590)

Looks like you're trying to detach an async task thread.
Re: DetachCurrentThread causes a crash alan 4/1/11 1:06 AM
the following code should prevent this issue
  JNIEnv * env;
  bool attached = false;
  switch (vm->GetEnv((void**)&env, JNI_VERSION_1_6))
  {
  case JNI_OK:
    break;
  case JNI_EDETACHED:
    if (vm->AttachCurrentThread(&env, NULL)!=0)
    {
      throw std::runtime_error("Could not attach current thread");
    }
    attached = true;
    break;
  case JNI_EVERSION:
    throw std::runtime_error("Invalid java version");
  }
 
  .....
 
  if (attached)
  {
      jvm->DetachCurrentThread();
  }