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Slave JVM freezes on Windows when started from SSH

On some occasions, a slave JVM freezes when using stdout/stderr for communicating with the master. The characteristics of this problem are:

  • Only on Windows
  • Slave uses its stdout/stderr for communication. This includes launching a slave via command line and via SSH.
  • You cannot attach JConsole to the hanging process
  • Process Explorer fails to show you the thread list of the hanging process

Adding a debug option to JVM can help with the problem. That is, start JVM like this:

java -Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=n,address=29999 -jar slave.jar

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