[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 153317] New: Worker terminated by GC after calling importScripts

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            Bug ID: 153317
           Summary: Worker terminated by GC after calling importScripts
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: WebKit
           Version: WebKit Nightly Build
          Hardware: Unspecified
                OS: Mac OS X 10.11
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: WebCore JavaScript
          Assignee: webkit-unassigned at lists.webkit.org
          Reporter: rob at robwu.nl

After calling importScripts, the worker object (on the main thread) is unexpectedly garbage-collected and the worker thread is terminated.
This is because DedicatedWorkerGlobalScope::importScripts calls reportPendingActivity, which notifies the main thread that the worker is idle, regardless of whether there is active code after the importScripts call from JavaScript.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Start WebKit Nightly and open the Inspector (e.g. on example.com)
2. Run the following snippet:

;(function() {
    // setTimeout because the bug only occurs when importScripts is called after the
    // worker script has completely run (in JSC).
    var code = 'setTimeout(' + function() {


        // V8 immediately terminates a thread when the worker object is GC'd,
        // while JSC continues running the worker script until the tab is closed,
        // so schedule the busy loop after GC on the main thread has run.
        setTimeout(function() {
            // Busy loop so we can observe whether the worker script is active.
            while (true) {}
        }, 1000);
    } + ');';

    // Create worker without saving a reference.
    new Worker(URL.createObjectURL(new Blob([code])));

    // Trigger GC
    setTimeout(function() {
        for (var i = 0; i < 25; ++i)
            new Array(Math.pow(2, i));
    }, 500);
3. Look at the Activity Monitor to watch the CPU usage of Safari.
4. Open a new tab and close the tab from step 3 (to force termination of the worker if not already done).
5. Quit Safari and repeat the above, but with importScripts commented out or removed.

Expected result:
- Step 3 and 5 should give the same results, i.e. 100% usage of a CPU core (caused by the busy loop).

Actual result:
- After step 3, the CPU usage of Safari is negligible. This shows that the scheduled busy loop never executes, i.e. the worker thread is terminated.
- After step 5, the CPU usage of Safari is 100% (as expected).
This difference in behavior shows that importScripts affects the garbage collection behavior.

More info:
- Similar bug in Blink, with work-around for web devs, and patch for Blink: https://crbug.com/572225
- The above example seems contrived, but it was a reduction from a bug that affected real-world code that uses RequireJS in a worker. The worker object was GC'd even though there were message listeners on the Worker instance.

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