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  2. JDK-8220762

Rework EventLog message string handling


    • Type: Enhancement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: P4
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 13
    • Fix Version/s: tbd
    • Component/s: hotspot
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      The Eventlog system keeps an array of events which almost completely consist of variable sized string messages.

      The message buffer consists of fixed-sized records with a fixed-sized char array for those messages. This is not a good fit. Mostly, those buffers are too large and we waste space. Then, occasionally a message is too large and we truncate. To avoid truncation, stopgap solutions have been added in the past (e.g. JDK-8204551) which would just increase the array size, therefore avoiding truncation (for now) but increasing memory waste.

      A better solution would be to hold the strings in var-length buffers. We do not want strdup since that is too expensive and events may be written in situations where C heap is flaky.

      So I developed a solution where the strings live outside the event records in a FIFO buffer of variable length strings - each string just uses exactly as much memory as needed, and truncation is not a problem anymore. This allows us also to increase the number of event records held.


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                stuefe Thomas Stuefe
                stuefe Thomas Stuefe
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