Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Tue Feb 15 10:00:09 UTC 2011

David Holmes wrote:
> :
> I don't see the property actually being used anywhere these days. No 
> idea what it may have been used for other than printing the property 
> for information (there's a Java2D demo that does that).
> Is there an API on Linux that will provide the information? Both 
> Solaris and Windows have a "sys info" call that can provide this 
> information. But Linux sysinfo is something different.
I checked the pre-OpenJDK history and it seems to have been added in 
1999 without explanation. I can only guess that it was something added 
for some Solaris service. It doesn't appear to have ever been documented 
and I doubt it is used.


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