RFR: JDK-8033917 Keep track of file paths in file streams and channels for instrumentation purposes

Dmitry Samersoff dmitry.samersoff at oracle.com
Fri Feb 7 15:24:00 UTC 2014



55:  It's better to initialize path with null.
134: It's better to assign name at one of first lines, in this case we
will be able to retrieve file name ever if open fails for some reason.
171: It's not necessary

(the same is applicable to other files)

I'm a bit scared changing signature of public methods of FileChannelImpl
but if Alan says it's OK - lets go with it.


On 2014-02-07 16:07, Staffan Larsen wrote:
> Instrumentation agents that want to instrument
> FileInputStream/FileOutputStream to see which files are being
> accessed do not currently have access to the file system path of the
> stream. This is because the path is never stored in the stream class,
> only the file descriptor is. (This is also true for RandomAccessFile
> and FileChannel).
> An agent could instrument the respective constructors to store the
> path. The problem is where to store it. To add a field, the
> instrumentation agent needs to change the schema of the class. This
> is not possible at runtime but can be done at class-loading time.
> However for a j.l.instrument agent these classes are already defined
> when the agent is first called. For a native JVMTI agent the problem
> becomes parsing and modifying byte codes in a native agent which is
> error prone and requires a lot of code to maintain.
> If instead the stream classes were modified to store a reference to
> the path, it would be readily available for agents at a minimum of
> cost to the libraries. This is what this patch does. FileInputStream,
> FileOutputStream, RandomAccessFile and FileChannelImpl are modified
> to record the path they operate on in a private field. There are no
> accessors added to retrieve the path - it is purely stored for
> instrumentation purposes. The path is intentionally not resolved to
> be an absolute path since that would potentially add unwanted
> overhead. If a stream is created from a file descriptor, no path will
> be stored.
> The overhead for this path will be keeping the path String alive for
> a longer period of time. I hope this will not cause any problems.
> A consumer of this feature will be Java Flight Recorder, but the
> implementation is usable by other agents as well.
> webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~sla/8033917/webrev.00/ bug:
> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8033917
> Thanks, /Staffan

Dmitry Samersoff
Oracle Java development team, Saint Petersburg, Russia
* I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the sources.

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