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icon4.gif  Crashing/hanging problem with recent JDK/JRE update on Windows [message #547107] Thu, 15 July 2010 15:18
Eric Rizzo is currently offline Eric Rizzo
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Eclipse versions 3.3 - 3.6 (Helios) on Windows have a problem with some the Oracle/Sun Java VM version '1.6.0_21'. The problem can show up as either a crash with PermGen errors in the log or just a hanging Eclipse process.

This bug only applies on Windows and only with JRE 1.6u21 and prior to the b07 build.

UPDATE: The latest JDK/JRE downloads have fixed this problem, so the simplest way to resolve is to download and re-install from http://www.java.com (alternative link is http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp)


Before the fix was released, there were a couple of ways to work around this:

1. switch back to JDK/JRE '1.6.0_20' (as of this writing, it can still be downloaded here)

or

2. add the following line after "-vmargs" to your eclipse.ini file:
-XX:MaxPermSize=256m

(For detailed instructions for editing eclipse.ini, see http://wiki.eclipse.org/Eclipse.ini)

or

3. For Helios, download the fixed eclipse_1308.dll and place it into
<eclipse_home> /plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.win32.win32.x86_1.1.0. v20100503
Important: note the limitations/risks of this option in Comment 79


Details and fix status of the bug can be tracked here: https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=319514

[Updated on: Tue, 12 October 2010 18:57]

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