linux audio software using gcj&swt!

Andrew Haley
Thu Oct 23 11:33:00 GMT 2003

Norbert Frese writes:
 > > Static linking with Java is tricky. Certain resources may be missing 
 > > because they are only loaded dynamically (ie Class.forName), and the 
 > > linker can't see that to include them. One workaround is to add static 
 > > links to the missing classes in your code ie:
 > > 
 > > static class foo =;
 > > 
 > i have added the lines 
 > static Class foo =;
 > static Class foo2 =;
 > and the exceptions are gone. but there seems to be a problem with swt
 > now. the appliction starts up - then hangs (cpu 99%) for a while and
 > drops core (segmentation fault). (i think it hangs inside "new
 > Display()")

I've seen that.  I think it happens when trying to load a shared
library from a static executable.  Run your app in gdb; you might see
something like

(gdb) bt
#0  0x00000000 in ?? ()
#1  0x40caf3a6 in ?? ()
#2  0x40cb4761 in ?? ()
#3  0x40ca9b99 in ?? ()
#4  0x081908da in _dl_init ()
#5  0x08179264 in dl_open_worker ()
#6  0x081785d3 in _dl_catch_error ()
#7  0x08178e3f in _dl_open ()
#8  0x08153208 in dlopen_doit ()
#9  0x081785d3 in _dl_catch_error ()
#10 0x08153490 in _dlerror_run ()
#11 0x081531d5 in dlopen ()
#12 0x0811ab03 in GC_dlopen (path=0x0, mode=0) at /local/aph/gcc/gcc/boehm-gc/gc_dlopen.c:81
#13 0x080bdbbb in sys_dl_open (loader_data=0x0, filename=0x0)
    at /local/aph/gcc/gcc/libjava/libltdl/ltdl.c:296
#14 0x080bb716 in tryall_dlopen (handle=0xbfffe1b8, filename=0x83730e0 "")
    at /local/aph/gcc/gcc/libjava/libltdl/ltdl.c:937
#15 0x080bc768 in lt_dlopen (filename=0x83730e0 "")
    at /local/aph/gcc/gcc/libjava/libltdl/ltdl.c:1511
#16 0x080bda60 in lt_dlopenext (filename=0xbfffe210 "lib-foo")
    at /local/aph/gcc/gcc/libjava/libltdl/ltdl.c:1603
#17 0x08072160 in java::lang::Runtime::loadLibraryInternal(java::lang::String*) (this=0x0, 
    lib=0x81c1aac) at /local/aph/gcc/gcc/libjava/java/lang/

Maybe we can't load a library from a statically linked exectuable
without crashing.  Let's try something simple:

#include <stddef.h>
#include <dlfcn.h>
int main ()
  dlopen ("", RTLD_NOW);
  char *s = dlerror();
  puts (s ? s : "");
  return 0;

 $ gcc z.c -ldl -static -g
 $ ./a.out 
Segmentation fault

 $ gdb ./a.out 
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(gdb) r
Starting program: /cuddles/aph/home/a.out 

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00000000 in ?? ()
(gdb) bt
#0  0x00000000 in ?? ()
#1  0x409163a6 in ?? ()
#2  0x4091b761 in ?? ()
#3  0x40910b99 in ?? ()
#4  0x0807b6ba in _dl_init ()
#5  0x0805b920 in dl_open_worker ()
#6  0x0805ac8f in _dl_catch_error ()
#7  0x0805b4fb in _dl_open ()
#8  0x0804829c in dlopen_doit ()
#9  0x0805ac8f in _dl_catch_error ()
#10 0x080484a4 in _dlerror_run ()
#11 0x08048269 in dlopen ()
#12 0x08048214 in main () at z.c:5
#13 0x08048813 in __libc_start_main ()

Bingo.  Same error.  

If I try this same experiment with, instead of
there is no problem.  I think it's because the I created
depends on and, and there are static
versions of thses already linked to the executable.

So, we shouldn't attempt to load a shared library from a static gcj
executable.  I don't think there's any way to make it work.

 > i guess building a static binary (which includes libgcj) on linux is
 > really a tricky task. i've seen that other people gave up on this (read
 > the posts on this mailing list). :-(

Well, the question here is why libgcj is trying to load a library.
There must be a reason, probably because some dependency in Display is
trying to resolve something in a shared library.

Time to debug.


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