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From "Martin Cooper" <>
Subject RE: [lang] System properties
Date Fri, 23 Aug 2002 19:30:18 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Berin Loritsch []
> Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 6:20 AM
> To: 'Jakarta Commons Developers List'
> Subject: RE: [lang] System properties
> I honestly think the number of CPUs helps in the decision process,
> because the system can handle that many more threads.  The only
> problem is that there is no *currently* standard way of grabbing
> that information.


> Win 9x can only support one processor

Now, this is actually rather important. Even if there's a way to determine
the number of CPUs on the hardware, that's not enough. You can install Win9x
on a multiprocessor box, but the OS can only make use of one processor. So
you need to know the OS as well as the number of CPUs to be able to make the
right decision.

Martin Cooper

> Win NT/2000/XP use environment variables
> UNIX systems usually have support for the /proc filesystem
> Now, to reduce the number of "plug-ins" for the types of
> platforms we can grab the number of CPUs from, the OS_XXX
> macros can really help.  Windows95, Windows98, WindowsME
> are all essentially the same plugin with a different name.
> Same with the WindowsNT, Windows2000, and WindowsXP plugins.
> The Linux plugin uses the /proc filesystem--which all UNIX
> platforms should be able to support.
> Outside of that, there is no real benefit I can see.
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