Eclipse does not close (window disappears, process keeps running)

Bug #68714 reported by claudio@ubuntu on 2006-10-27
This bug affects 15 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
at-spi (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Lucid by Martin Knudsen

Bug Description

Eclipse does not close when closing the application (File-Exit or windows closing cross). The eclipse window disappears, but the process keeps running:

25524 pts/3 S+ 0:00 /usr/lib/eclipse/eclipse -vm /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun/bin/java -install /usr/lib/eclipse -startup /usr

This problem also occur with the upstream 3.2.1 package. I have this problem on my x86 box, not on my amd64 box.

Disable assistive technologies:
System > Preferences > Assistive Technology Preferences > "Enable assistive technologies"

claudio@ubuntu (claudio.ubuntu) wrote :

Using an other vm (gcj):

claudio@sydney:~$ eclipse -vm /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.4.2-gcj-4.1-

runs fine and mysteriously eclipse exists fine now.

Albrecht Mühlenschulte (a7p) wrote :

Same here, the sunjavavm locks up and is only killable via kill -9. I think this problem is related to gtk-accessibilty (during the pre-betaphase, I removed some packages and suddenly quiting the VM worked - sorry, I do not remember which package it was).

I have the same problem with Sun Java.

In terminal, when I have executed eclipse, showed "GTK Accessibility Module initialized". Now, it not showed more and the problem NOT occurs more.

PS: Sorry for my little english.

I removed "at-spi" - now everything seems fine.

a7p, I have at-spi installed and Eclipse works fine.

Albrecht Mühlenschulte (a7p) wrote :

Did you disable the "GTK Accessibility Module" in some way?

a7p, I don't know... I saw that other aplications with Java doesn't close (at-spi problem), but Eclipse work fine.

Ryan (crumley) wrote :

I have this same problem. It only occurs when I run eclipse with the sun jdk. If I use the ibm jdk it closes just fine (and terminates!).

Albrecht Mühlenschulte (a7p) wrote :

I suspect this beeing an incanation of #71365. But don't think it can be marked as a duplicate yet.

Albrecht Mühlenschulte (a7p) wrote :

The problem still exists with a custom installed jre6.

TJ (tj) wrote :

I am experiencing the same issue with Edgy, kernel, Eclipse 3.2 and Sun Java JRE 1.5.0_08-b03.

As other reporters have said, this is caused by a problem with Accessibility support provided by at-spi.


System > Preferences > Assistive Technology Preferences > "Enable assistive technologies"

works around the issue, but is obviously not a fix.

It appears there is a problem with the Java Access Bridge. I've posted a bug against the Gnome at-spi package and referred it to the this bug:

Changed in at-spi:
status: Unknown → Unconfirmed
Albrecht Mühlenschulte (a7p) wrote :

It is reproducible, there is a workaround solving the problem by disabling the accessiblity stuff -> confirmed.

Changed in at-spi:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Changed in at-spi:
status: Unconfirmed → In Progress
Changed in at-spi:
status: In Progress → Rejected
Albrecht Mühlenschulte (a7p) wrote :

The problem is no longer present in Feisty.

Changed in at-spi:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Allan (allan-stokes) wrote :

I've just confirmed that this problem still exists in my JJ AMD64 system. After removing at-spi and rebooting, for the first time in months, Eclipse fully shut down the Sun JVM without me having to do a manual kill -9. I've been running Eclipse Galileo 3.5, and just upgraded to 3.5.1. This happened in both versions.

My present system information:

/usr/bin/java -version
java version "1.6.0_16"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_16-b01)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 14.2-b01, mixed mode)

uname -a
Linux krumm 2.6.28-15-generic #52-Ubuntu SMP Wed Sep 9 10:48:52 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Changed in at-spi (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Incomplete
Benjamin Drung (bdrung) on 2009-10-28
Changed in at-spi (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed

Confirming for Karmic 32 bit.

description: updated

What to do about this? Gnome says NOTABUG in at-spi.
This a serious problem the hung process consumes lots of memory.

I've the same problem running eclipse 3.6-m4 under karmic 64-bit.

Take a look at

Bruno Girin (brunogirin) wrote :

I can confirm this issue with Eclipse Galileo on Lucid beta 2.

Martin Knudsen (brainwashed) wrote :

I can confirm this on just-installed Lucid Lynx RC. Affects Eclipse as well as RSSOwl (which uses the Eclipse Toolkit AFAIK). Removing the package at-spi fixed the issue for me.

Java Installation is Open-JDK 6 from standard repo.

I've the same problem running eclipse 3.6-m7 under 10.04 64-bit.
Interestingly, the eclipse and java VM still running and I have to kill the java VM.

If after I exit eclipse, I kill the process at-spi-registryd, the eclipse ends.

Changed in at-spi:
importance: Unknown → Critical

The bug is not present if I use jdk from ibm instead of jdk from sun.
Even if accessibility is enabled.

Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this bug and any supporting documentation. Since this bug has enough information provided for a developer to begin work, I'm going to mark it as confirmed and let them handle it from here. Thanks for taking the time to make Ubuntu better!

Changed in at-spi (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged
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