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From sebb <>
Subject Re: JMeter JMX file format
Date Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:00:50 GMT
On 12 August 2016 at 20:33, Epp, Jeremiah W (Contractor) <> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: sebb []
>> Sent: Friday, August 12, 2016 1:02 PM
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>> Subject: Re: JMeter JMX file format
>>On 12 August 2016 at 15:38, Epp, Jeremiah W (Contractor) <>
>>> Part of the problem there is JMX isn't versioned.
>> There *is* some versioning info; it's perhaps not changed as frequently as
>> it should be.  But any changes are upwards compatible.
> Okay, egg on my face.  Somehow I never actually noticed the version="1.2"
> and properties="1.8" attributes on the <jmeterTestPlan>.
> Though it's true that it NEEDS to be changed when the format changes or it's
> somewhat meaningless. (For example it probably should have changed some time
> between 2.8 and 2.13 because I'm pretty sure we found a break in there.)

Is there a bug report?

AFAIK a JMX created in 2.8 will still run in 2.13 unless it uses a
test element that has been retired.

>> However JMeter uses XStream to serialise the classes that form the nodes,
>> so the format is defined by that.
> Oh god, it really does work exactly like I thought it did.  It is quite
> literally implementation defined.

Of course: that's what serialisation is designed to do.
It is however much more portable and readable than Java serialisation.

>  No wonder it's such a horrible mess.

It works perfectly well for the purpose for which it was designed.
Calling it a horrible mess does not help.

[Human languages are a 'horrible mess' if considered from the
perspective of automatically parsing them.]

>> config files to define shorthand aliases to reduce the file size.
> Interesting. Doc link?

>> Otherwise of course the source code is available.
> Source code is not documentation.
> Especially _that_ code.  I actually _tried_ to figure out what the hell was
> happening in SaveService at a few points and it's not easy reading.

You need to understand XStream as well.

>>> In my mind, this is the major motivation for a test plan DSL: retain
>>> support for the "legacy" JMX as much as possible (read and write), but
>>> otherwise have a clean break that lets the project move forward sanely.
>> I'm not sure how you can do that unless the DSL generates JMX.
> What?  I think implementing a DSL sort of implies there will be an
> interpreter for it...

Well yes, but if JMeter also continues to support reading and writing
the current JMX format how can one have a clean break?

> Cheers,
> Wyatt
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