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From Oliver Deakin <oliver.dea...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: [classlib][jdwp] Use java 6 branch JDWP in java 5 builds?
Date Thu, 06 Aug 2009 15:18:15 GMT
Oliver Deakin wrote:
> Mark Hindess wrote:
>> In message <4A7031F1.3020209@apache.org>, Gregory Shimansky writes:
>>> Oliver Deakin said the following on 29.07.2009 15:20:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> After determining the cause of HARMONY-6246 [1] I discovered that 
>>>> it has already been fixed in the Java 6 branch, where I recently 
>>>> applied the contribution in HARMONY-6187 [2]. This got me thinking 
>>>> - there have been a number of bug fixes, performance improvements 
>>>> and portability changes made which were applied in that 
>>>> contribution and it is likely we will hit some of the same issues 
>>>> again in the Java 5 branch which have already been fixed in Java 6.
>>>> Is it possible for us just to use the updated Java 6 branch JDWP in 
>>>> our Java 5 builds as well? Not only would we benefit from the code 
>>>> improvements made there, we would have one unified code base for 
>>>> JDWP (and possibly the whole of jdktools?).
>>>> Any comments on this idea?
>>> If JDWP agent with Java6 update doesn't demand that VM support new 
>>> features of JVMTI (that is it can work with Java5 VM), I think it is 
>>> a good idea. Backporting all of the bugfixes may be quite difficult 
>>> since it is necessary to separate pure bugfixes from Java6 
>>> enhancements in [2].
>>>> [1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HARMONY-6246
>>>> [2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HARMONY-6187
>> Does the current combination of DRLVM and java6 branch JDWP work
>> consistently?  That is, do all of hardcoded (?) capabilities[0] that
>> JDWP claims are supported work with DRLVM as expected?
>> Does any of the Java 5 JDWP functionality require 6.0 JVMTI calls?
> I need to do a bit more investigation on this - I would hope the Java 
> 5 functionality wouldn't require any JVMTI calls from Java 6, but will 
> need to confirm that. When I get a chance Ill have a look at the new 
> JVMTI functions introduced into Java 6 and where they are used in JDWP.

Ok, I wrote a quick Java class to scan all the source from the Java 5 
and 6 JDWP trees and pull out the JVMTI functions called, then compare 
the two lists to each other to see the differences. I found that in the 
Java 6 version we use the following 10 functions not available in Java 5 


I had a scan through the JDWP source containing these function calls and 
they all reside in JDWP event handlers which are Java 6 only, so I 
believe in a Java 5 debugging environment no Java 6 JVMTI calls should 
ever be made.

Im going to start investigating the test failures I see running the JDWP 
suites with the Java 6 agent to make sure they are not caused by any 
other use of Java 6 features I may have missed.


> Regards,
> Oliver
>> Assuming the answers to the above are yes, yes and no, then I see no
>> problem.  If anyone needs a JDWP for a Java 5 VM then we'd just need
>> to #ifdef the reporting of the capabilities to stop 6.0 calls being
>> invoked.
>> Regards,
>>  Mark.
>> [0] particularly java 6 ones such as canGetInstanceInfo,
>>     canRequestMonitorEvents, canGetMonitorFrameInfo,
>>    canUseSourceNameFilters, canGetConstantPool, and canForceEarlyReturn

Oliver Deakin
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