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David Shepherd
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Joined: Mar 02, 2001
Posts: 35
Hi there. I was hoping you could lend some insight into a little problem we
I am a Java developer and I am working with a C++ developer to make an
extension to an existing Win32 application.
We have written the add in using java and swing and we are using C++ to tie
the java code to the existing application.
We have been using JNI (obviously) and we can launch our program from a C++
executable by instantiating the JVM and using general JNI techniques.
However, when we plug our add-in into the existing application and launch
it we have some problems. It launches ok and seems to run fine but when we
close the java add in, it also shuts down the parent application.
Our java add in basically launches a Swing gui. When we close the java GUI
frame we seem to close everything and can't run any of our C++ code that
exists after the instantiation of the Java add in. I read our article and
studied your code and it all seems very similar. I'm thinking this may be
an issue with how this add in is handled as a thread and how the
instantiation of the JVM is handled in the JNI code. I'm reaching here
since I am not a C++ guy and threading is something I know little about at
present. I use the System.exit(0); as a means of closing the application
and initially thought that may be a problem; but, you seem to do the same
thing in your article. Any ideas?
Any advice you could give us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
David Shepherd
Noonetime, Inc
Java Developer
Dean Jones Jr

Joined: Mar 02, 2001
Posts: 6
Try DestroyJavaVM to unload the JVM. Also you may want to detach any threads that are active before destroying the JVM.

David Shepherd
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Joined: Mar 02, 2001
Posts: 35
Originally posted by Dean Jones Jr:
Try DestroyJavaVM to unload the JVM. Also you may want to detach any threads that are active before destroying the JVM.

I am doing both of those things. This is not an executable but rather is being launched from within another application. I am wondering if this is part of the problem. When we close the java add in application id kills the parent application also.
Johan Larsson

Joined: Nov 05, 2003
Posts: 1
This sound quite like the problem I'm struggeling with.
I have noticed that calling DestroyJavaVM doesn't return until, well never...
Im currently trying to make a Win32 wrapper for a Java application. The wrapper should be able to run both as a service and as a normal application. When I invoke the java app in win32 service mode all is fine since Windows SCM keeps the win32 app alive and thus also the 'internaly' loaded JVM, but when run as a normal the win32 app terminates an unloads the JVM too so I called DestroyJavaVM and al is well until I exit the Java app then the JVM unloads and the win32 app just exits!! The DestroyJavaVM does not even return so eventual cleanup, releasing and unloading of libs is left to the system to handle since the win32 app is just plainly killed right out on the spott. So what I would like is to find a way to get noticed about when the Java app is terminated so that I may cleanup, close and free things in the win32 app before getting killed.
Does anyone know a way to acomplish this?
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