Re: Unexpected limitation for maximum heap size

Nigel Wade <>
Mon, 10 Mar 2008 16:25:59 +0000
Markus Elfring wrote:


I would like to share a specific experience.

I have got a computer with 2 GB main memory for a dual core processor. I have
tried a bit fine-tuning of start parameters for Java virtual machines. The
settings "-J-Xss81m -J-Xms364m -J-XX:PermSize=41m -J-XX:MaxPermSize=400m
-J-XX:+UseParallelGC" are in my file


I'd like to point out that I get the following error message if I use the
parameter "-J-Xms365m".
Error occurred during initialization of VM
Incompatible initial and maximum heap sizes specified

I find this size limitation interesting because my hardware has got the


to provide higher memory values to virtual machines. Is only the software
development environment "NetBeans 6.0.1" affected?

The flag -Xms sets the initial heap size. I don't know what maximum heap size is
set by default in your installation, but presumably it is less than the initial
heap size you have requested.

Nigel Wade, System Administrator, Space Plasma Physics Group,
            University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
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