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Bug 85228 - Windows Task Manager shows 4 .exe files for a started IDE
Summary: Windows Task Manager shows 4 .exe files for a started IDE
Alias: None
Product: apisupport
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Harness (show other bugs)
Version: 5.x
Hardware: All All
: P2 blocker (vote)
Assignee: apireviews
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-09-19 12:53 UTC by Tim Lebedkov
Modified: 2009-04-18 19:36 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Exception Reporter:

patch (643.50 KB, text/plain)
2008-12-17 17:09 UTC, t_h
updated diff (606.81 KB, text/plain)
2008-12-19 17:45 UTC, t_h

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Description Tim Lebedkov 2006-09-19 12:53:00 UTC
I think it's too much to have 2 nbexec.exe, java.exe and netbeans.exe for one
started IDE. Killing netbeans.exe does not close the main window etc.
Comment 1 _ rkubacki 2006-10-02 13:44:16 UTC
For this is unusual and I do not know how this can happen I want to ask you for
more information. A thread dump of both IDEs can help us. You can use jps +
jstack if you run on JDK6 to get these.
Comment 2 Tim Lebedkov 2006-10-09 14:45:36 UTC
What do you mean by "both IDEs"?
Just start NB 5.0 and look at the task manager.
Comment 3 Tim Lebedkov 2006-10-09 14:46:03 UTC
Ideally there should be only netbeans.exe
Comment 4 _ rkubacki 2006-10-09 15:28:49 UTC
really there are 4 processes. OTOH what's the problem? 

two instances of nbexec.exe seems to be strange. the rest is more an enhancement
to load these things as a DLLs into one process.
Comment 5 Tim Lebedkov 2006-10-09 22:00:08 UTC
The problems are:
- killing netbeans.exe does not close the main window and you have to kill 
other three processes
- netbeans.exe does not consume CPU time but java.exe does and it is not 
possible to define whether it is NetBeans or another Java application
Comment 6 _ rkubacki 2006-10-09 22:13:33 UTC
re killing netbeans.exe: maybe this can be fixed

re java.exe: surely there are tools that will tell you more about running
processes. unfortunately this platform does ship with reasonable set of tools
:-(. OK if we change the launcher to link with java.dll this will solve the problem.
Comment 7 _ rkubacki 2006-11-28 10:59:00 UTC
Now I see why there are two instances of nbexec.exe:

netbeans.exe (or nb.exe) start nbexec.exe with some set of params.
nbexec.exe checks at the begining if the mode is runnormal or runupdater and if
it is not it starts nbexec.exe with aditional params to set this mode.
Comment 8 sreimers 2007-02-22 20:56:42 UTC
This is even more strange for RCP-based applications. You get your app.exe and
two instances of nbexec.exe running (and java.exe of course). This is not very
friendly for non-developers to guide them through their process list, just in
case something bad is happening.
Comment 9 t_h 2008-02-07 13:31:20 UTC
We plan to solve this issue in NB 7.0. We plan to move nbexec functionality to dll and run netbeans in single process.
Comment 10 t_h 2008-12-17 17:09:24 UTC
Created attachment 75107 [details]
Comment 11 t_h 2008-12-17 17:13:37 UTC
please see for details
Comment 12 Jesse Glick 2008-12-17 17:36:55 UTC
[JG01] If java.exe is no longer a separate process, how does AU restart the IDE to install updates? Is it guaranteed
that file locks acquired by Java code are released when the JVM exits, even though the process does not exit? How do we
install updates to the o.n.bootstrap pseudomodule which contains the launchers themselves?

[JG02] "--sproc" is not a very intuitive option name.
Comment 13 t_h 2008-12-19 17:44:17 UTC
> [JG01]
I would expect that all resources are released when JVM exit. However, bigger problem is that NB calls System.exit() on
exit which terminates whole process and control is not returned to launcher as I expected. So I was forced to change it
to create new process on NB restart.

> [JG02]
I changed --sproc to --javaprocess. Feel free to choose better name if you wish.
Comment 14 t_h 2008-12-19 17:45:25 UTC
Created attachment 75196 [details]
updated diff
Comment 15 Jesse Glick 2008-12-19 18:07:58 UTC
To JG02: --fork-java seems clearest to me.
Comment 16 _ wadechandler 2008-12-19 18:16:08 UTC
t_h I may be missing something where you talked about System.exit, but the JVM shared library will not allow you to
release it and reload it unless this has been fixed in recent years. It has always had a bug where two instances can
never be created in the same process, but again, maybe that is fixed now. I haven't tried that in years as it had been
an issue. 

Most OS and C environments have hooks for the messages a given process will be given. You should be able to setup a hook
for when the process is shutting down. Now, if you can't capture a system message or install a native hook into the
process using which ever tools and runtime you're using, another solution is to create a new Java package to use native
methods which is only used by the launcher. Essentially what you will do is use:

and thus from the native code, instantiate an instance of what ever class you have created for the shutdown hook, then
inside that class, it uses native methods to do what ever you need to do to setup to run the application again, and I
guess if you can get that work done from plain old Java classes then you wouldn't even need any other native logic from
that point of view. Either way, the Java classes being specific to the launcher, can be added to the classes by the
launcher automatically when launching the JVM, so none of the rest of NB will be affected by them. That will allow it to
work as now on restart. That of course is the JVM shared libraries still can not be reloaded. Last I heard that wasn't a
Comment 17 t_h 2008-12-19 18:55:24 UTC

> wadechandler 
Maybe it was not clear from my message: Original intention was to restart JVM within single process without creating new
one (on NB restart). Because it is not possible (due to System.exit() and maybe it would not be possible even without
System.exit() because of the issue you mentioned) new process is created on restart (and old one is finished).
Comment 18 t_h 2009-01-06 11:49:49 UTC
core-main #8dd0fe0d2bd1
Comment 19 Quality Engineering 2009-01-07 05:39:15 UTC
Integrated into 'main-golden', will be available in build *200901070201* on (upload may still be in progress)
User: Tomas Holy <>
Log: #85228: new launchers for windows
Comment 20 Quality Engineering 2009-01-17 06:55:46 UTC
Integrated into 'main-golden', will be available in build *200901170201* on (upload may still be in progress)
User: Richard Michalsky <>
Log: #85228: missing lib/nbexec.dll caused suite JNLP build to fail
Comment 21 Tim Lebedkov 2009-04-18 19:36:33 UTC