Request for review (S) 7009828: Fix for 6938627 breaks visualvm monitoring when is defined

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Thu Jan 13 01:21:28 PST 2011

David Holmes wrote:
> So I understand that various tools will break because the tool process 
> puts a file in a "tmp" location for the target VM to see, under the 
> assumption that they both have the same notion of what "tmp" is.
> My question is do we have a clear specification for what things in the 
> JDK (the user often can't tell the difference between VM usage and 
> library usage) will be affected by, and what will use 
> some hard-wired notion of "tmp" ?
> David
The problem arises when someone runs an application with 
set to some alternative location. Specifying that property should just 
mean that the application's temporary files (created by 
File.createTempFile usually) will go to that location and it shouldn't 
impact the ability to monitor the app with tools that use jvmstat or the 
attach API. So I think Coleen's change to back this out is really the 
only solution for the short term (esp, for jdk6). It can be worked 
around by running the tools with but that is painful 
and requires knowing the target VM's tmpdir setting (and of course you 
will want to use jps to get the status of all your VMs even if they all 
run with different temporary directories).


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