Virtualized Eclipse Disappearing Act

The Virtualized Eclipse Disappearing Act

I ran into an annoying issue yesterday that dealt with virtualized windows 7 and Eclipse.  I loaded a clean VM with Windows 7, Java, and Eclipse.  To test the development machine I simply opened up eclipse and attempted to create an XML document.  Then all the sudden Eclipse disappeared.   After a little investigation, and a  useful suggestion from a colleague, the issue was related to memory.  I had ruled out memory by beefing up my “hardware” memory, but apparently my feeble mind didn’t think about any software settings.

So if you are seeing a disappearing and or locking up eclipse and a log message (hs_err_***.log)


# A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment:


# java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: requested 152 bytes for CHeapObj-new. Out of swap space?


#  Internal Error (allocation.inline.hpp:39), pid=620, tid=1628

#  Error: CHeapObj-new


# JRE version: 6.0_21-b06

# Java VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (17.0-b16 mixed mode windows-x86 )

# If you would like to submit a bug report, please visit:



It is proudly outside of the depth/breadth of my knowledge the internal details about heap and  permgen usage.

But at a high level permgen holds data about classes that have been loaded and created, and the heap is where objects go to die ;).  Feel free to do some reading… these are decent sites..

Onto my simple issue…  Inside the Eclipse.ini I modified

-Xms40m  (I didn’t change this which is the initial java heap size)
-Xmx1024m  (I doubled this… it is the max  java heap size)
-XX:MaxPermSize=512m  ( I added this attribute …)….I then waved the magic wand and everything was fixed….

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