Java (jdk1.5) woes with firefox (1.0.6) and opera (8.5)

Mike Hunter mhunter at
Fri Sep 30 10:16:21 PDT 2005

On Sep 28, "Greg Lewis" wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 12:03:49PM -0700, Mike Hunter wrote:
> > I recently upgraded to jdk1.5.0 in (perhaps foolhearty) search of a better
> > java plugin experience.  Now unfortunately both firefox and opera crash
> > hard when exposed to java pages.
> > 
> > For firefox, I get:
> > 
> > --------------------------------------------------------------------
> > #
> > # An unexpected error has been detected by HotSpot Virtual Machine:
> > #
> > #  SIGSEGV (0xb) at pc=0x35bb9adc, pid=57515, tid=0x822e000
> > #
> > # Java VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (1.5.0-p2-root_27_sep_2005_14_45 mixed mode)
> > # Problematic frame:
> > # C  []  processTree+0x284
> This is a known problem (see recent posts to freebsd-java).  There isn't
> a solution yet.  I didn't see this with my plugin testing, but quite a
> few people are hitting it.

I'll keep my eye out for updates, maybe I'll even subscribe to -java :)
Let me know if I can help with anything.

> > For opera, I get:
> > 
> > --------------------------------------------------------------------
> > /usr/libexec/ /usr/local/jdk1.5.0/jre/lib/i386/client/ Undefined symbol "__cxa_atexit"
> > --------------------------------------------------------------------
> > 
> > Interestingly for opera, the about box says "no java runtime installed", but
> > the java preference has a validated path to the JRE....
> Interesting.  I've never gotten the plugin to work with Opera.  It would
> be nice to figure it out.  It looks like you may be able to get it a little
> further with an appropriate LD_PRELOAD.

I may look into it, but I'm more interested in having it work with
firefox; I was just hoping opera would be the easy way out :)

> > Versions:  jdk1.5.0, firefox 1.0.6, opera 8.50
> Out of interest, what FreeBSD version and what versions of X and OpenMotif?

I'm running Fbsd 5.4...I don't remember which version of X, only that I
built it after the Xorg switch.  I'll write again when I log into my fbsd
desktop again (I'm writing now because I feel guilty for not replying,
maybe I should have just waited :).)

> > Last but not least, a beginner question:  How do you run firefox in gdb?
> > I found firefox-bin, but it won't launch without the environment grooming
> > that its scriptup scripts perform, and I can't run gdb on the startup
> > script :(
> Determine the environment variables you need to set from the start up
> script.  Set them.  Run gdb on firefox-bin.

I was afraid of that :(  I saw the other suggestion about attaching gdb
after launch, but in the past that's always crashed the application for
me...maybe I'll give it another try when.


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