[erlang-bugs] R14B02+ crashes on older hardware, Windows XP

Mikael Pettersson <>
Sat Jul 2 14:03:00 CEST 2011


Dave Cottlehuber writes:
 > On 2 July 2011 22:52, Mikael Pettersson <> wrote:
 > > sgm writes:
 > >  > We have a field data collection application recently re-written to use
 > >  > CouchDB. It requires minimal computer resources, so a number of the
 > >  > notebooks we use are circa 2001/2002. All run Windows XP with SP2 or
 > >  > SP3, and we are using CouchDB 1.1.
 > >  >
 > >  > On the older machines, Erlang R14B02 and R14B03 crash almost
 > >  > immediately upon running werl or erl. R14B01 does not.
 > >  >
 > >  > I'm attaching a screenshot of the crash on one of the machines. In all
 > >  > cases it happens at the same point, almost immediately, is 100%
 > >  > reproducible, and no crash dump is generated.
 > >  >
 > >  > Here are the machines where it crashes:
 > >  >
 > >  > Dell Inspiron 2500, 1.0GHz Pentium III, 160MB RAM, system summary
 > >  > rctc11.txt attached
 > >  > Dell Inspiron 2600, 1.06GHz Celeron, 128MB RAM, system summary
 > >  > rctc12.txt attached
 > >  > Gateway Solo 9300, 750MHz Pentium III, 160MB RAM, system summary
 > >  > rctc16.txt attached
 > >  >
 > >  > For comparison, I'm also including this machine of similar vintage
 > >  > which does NOT crash:
 > >  >
 > >  > Dell Inspiron 2650, 1.7GHz Pentium 4, 256MB RAM, system summary
 > >  > rctc13.txt attached
 > >
 > > You need to rebuild the Erlang VM with the --enable-ethread-pre-pentium4-compatibility
 > > option.
 > >
 > > This is a big ugly bug in the Erlang VM.
 > 
 > Mikael,
 > 
 > Thanks for the info. Is there any performance impact with using this
 > flag, on newer processors/architectures?

Presumably yes (it affects the use of *fence instructions in barriers, and
some other minor things), but I don't have any data about the performance
impact.  Rickard Green @ OTP might now.


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