jvmkill is a simple JVMTI agent that forcibly terminates the JVM
when it is unable to allocate memory or create a thread. This is important
for reliability purposes: an
OutOfMemoryError will often leave the JVM
in an inconsistent state. Terminating the JVM will allow it to be restarted
by an external process manager.
It is often useful to automatically dump the Java heap using the
-XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError JVM argument. This agent will be
notified and terminate the JVM after the heap dump completes.
A common alternative to this agent is to use the
-XX:OnOutOfMemoryError JVM argument to execute a
kill -9 command.
Unfortunately, the JVM uses the
fork() system call to execute the kill
command and that system call can fail for large JVMs due to memory
overcommit limits in the operating system. This is the problem that
motivated the development of this agent.
Run Java with the agent added as a JVM argument:
Alternatively, if modifying the Java command line is not possible, the
above may be added to the
JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS environment variable.