Review request 8153912: StackFrame::getFileName and StackFrame::getLineNumber not needed

Mandy Chung mandy.chung at
Wed Apr 13 00:15:48 UTC 2016

> On Apr 12, 2016, at 1:34 AM, Rémi Forax <forax at> wrote:
> Hi Mandy,
> I really don't like this patch.
> Being forced to call toStackElement to get the line number is counter intuitive.
> I would prefer the two methods to not return Optional but an int and a String with the same convention as StackElement if the point of this patch is to remove the dependency to Optional. 

I was expecting the common usage of StackWalker API does not need file name and line number.  I think it'd be useful to include StackFrame::getBci (in the future it might include live information like locals etc) and keep the optional stuff and uncommon usage to StackTraceElement.


> Rémi
> Le 11 avril 2016 23:22:39 CEST, Mandy Chung <mandy.chung at> a écrit :
>> Webrev at:
>> StackFrame::getFileName and StackFrame::getLineNumber are originally
>> proposed with the view of any stack walking code can migrate to the
>> StackWalker API without the use of StackTraceElement. 
>> File name and line number are useful for debugging and troubleshooting
>> purpose. It has additional overhead to map from a method and BCI to
>> look up the file name and line number. 
>> StackFrame::toStackTraceElement method returns StackTraceElement that
>> includes the file name and line number. There is no particular benefit
>> to duplicate getFileName and getLineNumber methods in StackFrame. It is
>> equivalently convenient to call
>> StackFrame.toStackTraceElement().getFileName() (or getLineNumber). 
>> This patch proposes to remove StackFrame::getFileName and
>> StackFrame::getLineNumber methods since such information can be
>> obtained from StackFrame.toStackTraceElement().
>> Mandy

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