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8273000: Remove WeakReference-based class initialisation barrier implementation #5258

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@@ -33,7 +33,6 @@
import sun.invoke.util.VerifyType;
import sun.invoke.util.Wrapper;

import java.lang.ref.WeakReference;
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Objects;
import java.util.function.Function;
@@ -363,27 +362,12 @@ static boolean shouldBeInitialized(MemberName member) {
VerifyAccess.isSamePackage(ValueConversions.class, cls)) {
// It is a system class. It is probably in the process of
// being initialized, but we will help it along just to be safe.
if (UNSAFE.shouldBeInitialized(cls)) {
return false;
return UNSAFE.shouldBeInitialized(cls);

private static class EnsureInitialized extends ClassValue<WeakReference<Thread>> {
protected WeakReference<Thread> computeValue(Class<?> type) {
if (UNSAFE.shouldBeInitialized(type))
// If the previous call didn't block, this can happen.
// We are executing inside <clinit>.
return new WeakReference<>(Thread.currentThread());
return null;
static final EnsureInitialized INSTANCE = new EnsureInitialized();

private void ensureInitialized() {
if (checkInitialized(member)) {
// The coast is clear. Delete the <clinit> barrier.
@@ -397,24 +381,8 @@ public LambdaForm apply(LambdaForm oldForm) {
private static boolean checkInitialized(MemberName member) {
Class<?> defc = member.getDeclaringClass();
WeakReference<Thread> ref = EnsureInitialized.INSTANCE.get(defc);
if (ref == null) {
return true; // the final state
// Somebody may still be running defc.<clinit>.
if (ref.refersTo(Thread.currentThread())) {
// If anybody is running defc.<clinit>, it is this thread.
if (UNSAFE.shouldBeInitialized(defc))
// Yes, we are running it; keep the barrier for now.
return false;
} else {
// We are in a random thread. Block.
// put it into the final state
return true;
UNSAFE.ensureClassInitialized(defc); // initialization barrier; blocks unless called by the initializing thread
return !UNSAFE.shouldBeInitialized(defc); // keep the barrier if the initialization is still in progress
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I think some more elaborate commentary about the possibility of this being called while <clinit> of defc is already on the call stack, would be worthwhile - the existing comments are a little too subtle IMO.

// Once we get here either defc was fully initialized by another thread, or
// defc was already being initialized by the current thread. In the latter case
// the barrier must remain. We can detect this simply by checking if initialization
// is still needed.
return !UNSAFE.shouldBeInitialized(defc);

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Thanks, David. I incorporated your suggestion in the latest version.