Dmytro Sheyko dmytro_sheyko at
Wed Feb 16 11:47:11 UTC 2011


I have tried 1.7.0-ea-b129 and 1.6.0_24-b07 on Solaris 11 and they both have shown empty "sun.cpu.isalist".

At the same time isalist output is: "amd64 pentium_pro+mmx pentium_pro pentium+mmx pentium i486 i386 i86"

The code that fills "sun.cpu.isalist" on Soliaris/Linux is following

    /* supported instruction sets */
        char list[258];
        sysinfo(SI_ISALIST, list, sizeof(list));
        sprops.cpu_isalist = strdup(list);
    sprops.cpu_isalist = NULL;

and in order to use sysinfo(SI_ISALIST) API we have to include header

#include <sys/systeminfo.h>

However this header is not included in java_props_md.c!
So, neither Solaris nor Linux fills "sun.cpu.isalist". Only Windows does.
But again Windows does this slightly differently. It shows
"amd64" on 64bit jre and
"pentium_pro+mmx pentium_pro pentium+mmx pentium i486 i386 i86" on 32bit.

I can find only this bug report, which is likely related to the issue.
sun.cpu.isalist property is empty in jinfo

It seems that this property hasn't been not filled properly so long. Is it hard drop it at all?


> Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:00:09 +0000
> From: Alan.Bateman at oracle.comt
> To: David.Holmes at
> CC: dmytro_sheyko at; serviceability-dev at; core-libs-dev at
> Subject: Re: sun.cpu.isalist
> 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.
> -Alan
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