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  1. JDK
  2. JDK-8208064

java.class.path does not reflect javaagent jars in Java9+


    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: P4
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 9, 10
    • Fix Version/s: tbd
    • Component/s: core-svc
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      When running e.g.:
      java -javaagent:jHiccup.jar -jar target/benchmarks.jar

      on OpenJDK 8, the java.class.path system property shows:

      on OpenJDK 10, OpenJDK 11 EA (build 11-ea+23) and OpenJDK 12 EA (build 12-ea+3) it shows only:

      This prevents e.g. agents forking additional processes using their jars. Without the java.class.path system property properly reflecting java agent jar paths, There is [currently] no apparent alternative for determining the path to the javaagent jar from within the running program. [correction: there is an alternative means of detemining the path, as used in the following workaround: https://github.com/giltene/jHiccup/commit/d0aa858fe6e4024042cc96bb618c5b885b405c7b )

      E.g. the -c option (launching control process to log system-level hiccups on an otherwise idle JVM) of jHiccup (see README at https://github.com/giltene/jHiccup, and the source code that uses java.class.path in constructing the control process command line at https://github.com/giltene/jHiccup/blob/394c586572d15b88e585923d398968ee4bc59ac6/src/main/java/org/jhiccup/HiccupMeter.java#L308) currently does not work post-java-8 because of this bug, and has no known workaround alternatives.

      Fixing the Java 9+ java-class-path behavior to match that of java 8, or alternatively presenting a new system property that would list the jars of java agents (e.g. "java.agents.path"?) would provide the needed information for agents to be able to properly use their jars in parameters forked processes.


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                gtene Gil Tene
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