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The Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE platform) 6 features utilities that allow you to monitor and manage the performance of a Java Virtual Machine (Java VM) and the Java applications that are running in it. The Java SE Monitoring and Management Guide describes those monitoring and management utilities.

Who Should Use This Book

The Java SE Monitoring and Management Guide is intended for experienced users of the Java language, such as systems administrators and software developers, for whom the performance of the Java platform and their applications is of vital importance.

Before You Read This Book

It is recommended that users are familiar with several other features of the Java SE platform. The following documentation might be of use.

How This Book Is Organized

This book covers the following topics.

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface Meaning Example


The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output

machine_name% su



Placeholder: replace with a real name or value

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default Solaris, Linux, or Mac OS X system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts



C shell


C shell for superuser


Bourne shell and Korn shell


Bourne shell and Korn shell for superuser


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