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Bug 32158 - Sun JDK crashes X server
Sun JDK crashes X server
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-03-18 16:58 EST by David Baron
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-04-20 08:00:02 EDT
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Description David Baron 2001-03-18 16:58:57 EST
Using many GUI java programs with the Sun JDK crashes my X server.  (Using
Sun's Java plugin in Mozilla also sometimes crashes my X server, so I
uninstalled the plugin.)

My X server is XF86_SVGA on a "Matrox|MGA G400 AGP" with 32MB of video
RAM and running at 1600x1200 at 24bpp.  Relevant installed packages (which
were installed by the RH7 installer) are:


I also have a number of truetype fonts installed.

Steps to reproduce (on my machine):

Download, extract the RPM, and install the Sun JDK
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.3/download-linux.html and add
/usr/java/jdk1.3.0_02/bin/ to PATH.

Download and unzip http://sis.cmis.csiro.au/svg/svgtoolkit-20001211.zip
and run the command

java -cp svg.jar:lib/xerces.jar:lib/ss_css2.jar:lib/js.jar

in the directory that is created.  (It's the command listed in view.sh,

Mouse over the toolbar in window that pops up.  This causes the X server
to crash.

I see similar problems with Sun's JDK on other GUI java programs, and
I've also seen X server crashes triggered by java applets on web pages
while using Sun's Java plugin with Mozilla.  I don't see the crashes
using the IBM JDK.
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2001-03-20 02:55:02 EST
Please try the latest XFree86 release 4.0.3-1 at:


You'll need the 4.0.3 packages as well as Mesa 3.4-13 also available there.
In addition you may need to upgrade a few other RPM's from rawhide.
Does it solve the problem for you?
Comment 2 David Baron 2001-04-26 11:06:58 EDT
I upgraded to the XFree86-4.0.3-5 packages (I forget whether I got them from
rawhide or from the RH 7.1 distro).  But anyway, instead of crashing the X
server, it now crashes the font server and hangs the X server, which is even
worse since I need to connect from another machine to restart the font server
and kill the X server...
Comment 3 Mike A. Harris 2001-05-12 10:14:56 EDT
The recommended JVM to use is the IBM one, but only after reading the
release notes for Seawolf (Red Hat Linux 7.1).  Suns JVM is broken.

It shouldn't kill X though, so the bug report is valid.

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