Bug 124 - SIGSEGV on Fedora Core 3 / NVIDIA
Summary: SIGSEGV on Fedora Core 3 / NVIDIA
Alias: None
Product: Jogl
Classification: JogAmp
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 1
Hardware: All linux
: P5 normal
Assignee: Sven Gothel
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-12-08 03:34 CET by Sven Gothel
Modified: 2010-03-24 07:47 CET (History)
0 users

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Workaround: ---

Simple test case (2.44 KB, text/plain)
2004-12-08 03:36 CET, Sven Gothel
hotspot error log (24.03 KB, text/plain)
2004-12-08 03:37 CET, Sven Gothel
Test case file (2.22 KB, text/plain)
2005-01-06 18:46 CET, Sven Gothel
Exception log (19.12 KB, text/plain)
2005-01-06 18:48 CET, Sven Gothel

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Description Sven Gothel 2010-03-24 07:47:12 CET

---- Reported by robnugent 2004-12-08 03:34:59 ----

I have a simply JOGL testcase that results in a SIGSEGV in the following

*) Athlon 1800+
*) NVIDIA Geforce FX5200
*) Linux Fedora Core 3 Kernel 2.6.9-1.681_FC3
*) NVIDIA driver 1.0.6629
*) JDK 1.5.0
*) JOGL 1.0b7

The testcase dows nothing other than start an Animator and then attempts to
cleanly stop that Animator and close down cleanly by hiding and disposing the

Run the simple testcase contained in
Once the display method has started to be called, manually close the window.

*Some* of the time this results in a SIGSEGV during the call to the dispose()
method on the JFrame. This happens infrequently, but seems to occur most
reliably immediately after a reboot.

The SIGSEGV can been seen in

---- Additional Comments From robnugent 2004-12-08 03:36:01 ----

Created an attachment
Simple test case

---- Additional Comments From robnugent 2004-12-08 03:37:54 ----

Created an attachment
hotspot error log

---- Additional Comments From robnugent 2004-12-08 03:40:11 ----

Testcases/hotspot log also attached to this testcase.

URL for testcase should have read:

---- Additional Comments From robnugent 2004-12-08 03:42:46 ----

I typoed the JOGL level also: it should read 1.1b7

---- Additional Comments From ssylvis 2005-01-06 18:45:26 ----

I am also having this issue. I am running:

- Linux Red Hat 9
- NVidia Quadro4 750 XGL, with drivers 66.29
- JDK 1.4.2
- Jogl 1.1b07

The attached (JoglSimpleTest) test case always duplicates the issue on my
machine when the frame is manually closed. (I've also attached the exception log
as JoglSimpleTest-exception.log.)

The issue appears to be reduced to when the Jogl GLCanvas is removed from the
parent frame. In the test case, the exception is thrown when the frame dispose()
method is called. The removeNotify() method of GLCanvas is then called, which
eventually calls GLContext destroyImpl() and the exception is thrown when
glXDestroyContext() is called in X11GLContext.


---- Additional Comments From ssylvis 2005-01-06 18:46:51 ----

Created an attachment
Test case file

---- Additional Comments From ssylvis 2005-01-06 18:48:12 ----

Created an attachment
Exception log

---- Additional Comments From kbr 2005-02-23 15:42:20 ----

This appears to be a driver bug. As far as I can tell all of the necessary
synchronization is in place in the JOGL library and the only issue is that the
OpenGL context is being destroyed on a different thread than the one on which it
was created and drawn to. Specifying -DJOGL_SINGLE_THREADED_WORKAROUND=true
makes the crash disappear on my Linux box (RHAS 2.1, NVidia GeForce FX 5800,
66.29 drivers). I don't see a crash on Solaris, so it isn't a bug seen on all
X11 platforms.

I would recommend you send your test case to NVidia and ask them to test it with
the latest version of JOGL.

---- Additional Comments From kbr 2005-02-24 15:04:02 ----

Stability problems have been reported on all three of JOGL's major
supported platforms (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X) whose root cause is
multithreading-related bugs in vendors' OpenGL drivers.

On Windows, the most recent version of NVidia's drivers (66.93) when
run on a GeForce 6800 causes a blue screen of death upon exit from the
simplest JOGL demo (Gears).

On Linux, JVM crashes have been reported upon exit of certain test
cases on NVidia hardware. The same test case causes a report of an
unexpected async reply from Xlib on ATI hardware (at the last time of
testing -- I no longer have access to a Linux machine with ATI
hardware because all of their currently available drivers crash the X
server on my machine).

On Mac OS X, low-level warnings from Cocoa are printed in
multithreaded JOGL situations which can lead to JVM crashes.

All of these problems' root cause is that the current OpenGL drivers
on the market, or supporting software built on them, were not designed
to be used in a multithreaded fashion. Most C programs which use
OpenGL are either single-threaded or perform all of their OpenGL work
from a single thread. JOGL was originally designed to support OpenGL
rendering from arbitrary threads and appropriate synchronization was
introduced into the library to handle this. However, we have had to
scale back this support as stability issues have been encountered.

The most recent round of reported bugs, including the PC crash upon
exit of the JOGL demos, is serious enough that we must take drastic
measures. Support was introduced in earlier JOGL releases to move all
of the OpenGL work performed by JOGL and users' code via the
GLEventListener on to the AWT event dispatch thread. It turns out that
doing this works around all of the above reported bugs. In JOGL 1.1
b08 and 1.1 b09, code changes were made to make this single-threaded
support more correct; this checkin includes another small set of such
changes, including some to the GLPbuffer implementation, and changes
the default of the flag controlling this support to true.

-Djogl.1thread=true is now the default. -Djogl.1thread=auto restores
the behavior of previous releases, which was to enable the
single-threaded mode only with ATI cards. This auto-detection
mechanism was not robust enough and adding cases for the crashes above
was not feasible. -Djogl.1thread=false disables the single-threaded
workaround. Older synonyms for this system property,
source base for the time being. Changing the value of any of these
system properties is not recommended.

The expected performance impact of these changes is minimal. In
earlier JOGL releases it appeared that the overhead of making a
context current and releasing it each frame was very significant and a
key differentiator in being able to match C performance. More recent
tests seem to indicate that this is no longer the case, at least with
current hardware. Regardless, we must achieve stability in order for
the library to be useful and this seems to be the best means of
achieving that goal.

We believe that the compatibility impact of these changes for existing
JOGL applications will also be minimal. For correctly-written JOGL
applications, the only visible change in behavior should be that the
values of thread-local variables accessed through the
java.lang.ThreadLocal class may change since the actual thread on
which the GLEventListener's callbacks will be executed may have
changed. Multithreaded JOGL applications performing complex
inter-thread synchronization may see subtle differences in behavior.
We hope that such applications and the developers writing them will be
able to handle this change in behavior without much trouble.

We will continue to work with graphics card vendors to improve the
stability of their OpenGL drivers. Until that happens, we believe this
change will yield the best possible improvement in stability and
portability for applications using JOGL.

--- Bug imported by sgothel@jausoft.com 2010-03-24 07:47 EDT  ---

This bug was previously known as _bug_ 124 at https://jogl.dev.java.net/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=124
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