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From "Rick Curtis (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (OPENJPA-952) Utilize Sun JDK's Attach API to dynamically load the OpenJPA enhancer agent
Date Tue, 03 Mar 2009 22:16:56 GMT

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Rick Curtis commented on OPENJPA-952:
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Yes I think it would be possible to move the loading of the agent into the factory ctor. It
would close the window a little, but the window will still exit. I'll update the patch I'm
working on.

If an Entity class is loaded by the JVM before the agent is loaded, that class will fallback
to subclassing enhancement. In the small tests that I have run on my machine, bytecode enhacement
plays nicely with subclassing enhancement. I'll look into whether or not it would be possible
to redefine a class that has already been loaded. I'll tell you that it doesn't look promising...
see below.

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/lang/instrument/Instrumentation.html#redefineClasses(java.lang.instrument.ClassDefinition[])
...
The redefinition may change method bodies, the constant pool and attributes. The redefinition
must not add, remove or rename fields or methods, change the signatures of methods, or change
inheritance. These restrictions maybe be lifted in future versions. 
...



> Utilize Sun JDK's Attach API to dynamically load the OpenJPA enhancer agent
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: OPENJPA-952
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OPENJPA-952
>             Project: OpenJPA
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: kernel
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0
>         Environment: Sun 1.6 JDK. 
> Note: The Attach API is ONLY a part of the JDK, not the SDK.
>            Reporter: Rick Curtis
>
> When running in a JSE environment, OpenJPA could use the Attach API to dynamically load
the enhancer agent at runtime. Dynamically loading the enhancer means that an OpenJPA developer
doesn't need to configure a -javaagent. Doing this would dramatically improve the out of box
performance, and also improve the ease of use. 
> This improvement has the following caveats:
> 1.) This API is ONLY a part of the 1.6 JDK.
> 2.) This API is supported by only the Sun JDK.
> 3.) If the agent is loaded from the earliest OpenJPA code, the agent will be laoded when
creating an EntityManager in the EntityManagerFactoryImpl. If an Entity class is loaded by
the JVM before the enhancer agent is loaded, that class' byte code will not be enhanced. 
> Attach API - http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/technotes/guides/attach/index.html

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