News: Tracing Solaris Hosted Java Application without Changing Source Code?

  1. The DTrace feature of Oracle Solaris is known for its broad ability to look at almost anything going on in a computer running Oracle Solaris 10 or above (or another OS that has adopted DTrace). Java applications can be traced by DTrace, but there used to be some limitations and restrictions in tracing Java code.

    Java Statically Defined Tracing (JSDT), which follows User-level Statically Defined Tracing (USDT) for C/C++ code, enables programmers to statically add probes to their code. Those probes, while not activated, do not impact application performance and, when activated, are designed to have minimal impact. This opens the door for the broad DTrace observation scope and its optimal aggregation capabilities.

    There is still a potential barrier: the need to add these probes to the codeā€”Java code, in the JSDT case. But Java brings some new capabilities, which do not exist for native languages. For example, you can redefine program classes during the program run. Also, since Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6), the Attach API enables attaching to any running Java SE 6 or higher JVM and dynamically initiating and executing an agent inside the attached JVM. By combining all this, you can theoretically do dynamic instrumentation of JSDT probes in Java code.

    That is the topic of this article: Tracing Solaris Hosted Java Application without Changing Source Code?


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  2. Linux/Windows[ Go to top ]

    So, how about Linux/Windows, where most people live?

  3. Linux/Windows[ Go to top ]

    BTrace  will work on windows and linux  BTrace User's Guide