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From Gregory Shimansky <gshiman...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [jdktools][JDWP] proposal to improve JDWP with shared memory and update to java6
Date Tue, 08 Jan 2008 19:04:11 GMT
On 8 января 2008 Jimmy,Jing Lv wrote:
> Hi All,
>     I've done some study on the Harmony JDWP. The current JDWP is of
> high quality and well-tested (really good job! :)).
>     However compared with RI's implementation, I find RI has a
> shared-memory transport (startup like "java
> -agentlib:jdwp=transport=dt_shmem"). As Harmony's target is compatible
> with RI, we may implement a shared-memory transport as well as RI
> does. Do some one already has such plan? Or I'd like to implement in
> the near future.
>     A further study in windows API shows we may not use shared memory
> directly, windows pipe api (pipe is also a kind of "shared memory", is
> it?) may be a good alternative. In all we need to implement
> open/read/write/select/close operations with pipe/shared-memory and
> implement agent-load/unload shared-memory agent and error-handling
> like socket-transport do.

I think we should need the same method that the client (eclipse or whatever 
IDE or debugger) use for connecting to the agent. Since clients are usually 
written in Java the method should be done in the same way it is done in Java 
API. I am not aware of however with a way for a Java application to use 
shared memory or windows pipe API. Do you know some client debugger or 
profiler that uses dt_shmem method and API that it uses for connection to the 

>     And I also notice that there' s some updates on JDWP-protocol in
> java6, e.g, some new commands on
> VirtualMachine/ReferenceType/ObjectReference/ThreadReference/CapabilitiesNe
>w Command Set, which is necessary for Java6 implemetation. We may also
> implement them in a tools Java6 branch (currently only classlib has Java6
> branch, we may also build a repository for others? ) I'm not sure DRLVM has
> a plan to update vmi/jvmti to java6 level, however I think update JDWP
> first will do no harm.

Well, eventually we'll have to have a version of DRLVM for Java6 (whether it 
is going to be a branch, compile time define or some other way is a subject 
for a separate discussion). In any case, JDWP agent should be working with 
RI, so it is possible to add updates for new JDWP protocol functionality and 
test it with RI for now. Again, maybe it will require a separate branch for 
jdktools or build time define flag.

>      Any suggestion/comments? I may start further study/plan and
> implementation for this if no objection.

I think it would be great to start supporting Java6 features not only in class 


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