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2.13 The jinfo Utility

The jinfo command-line utility gets configuration information from a running Java process or crash dump and prints the system properties or the command-line flags that were used to start the JVM.

The release of JDK 8 introduced Java Mission Control, Java Flight Recorder, and jcmd utility for diagnosing problems with JVM and Java applications. It is suggested to use the latest utility, jcmd instead of the previous jinfo utility for enhanced diagnostics and reduced performance overhead.

The utility can also use the jsadebugd daemon to query a process or core file on a remote machine. Note: The output takes longer to print in this case.

With the -flag option, the utility can dynamically set, unset, or change the value of certain JVM flags for the specified Java process. See Java HotSpot VM Command-Line Options.

For more details on the jinfo utility, see the jinfo command man page.

The output for jinfo utility for a Java Process with PID number 29620 as shown in Example 2-20.

Example 2-20 Output for jinfo Utility for a Java Process with PID

$ jinfo 29620
Attaching to process ID 29620, please wait...
Debugger attached successfully.
Client compiler detected.
JVM version is 1.6.0-rc-b100
Java System Properties: = Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment
sun.boot.library.path = /usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/sparc
java.vm.version = 1.6.0-rc-b100
java.vm.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc.
java.vendor.url =
path.separator = : = Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM
file.encoding.pkg = = SUN_STANDARD
sun.os.patch.level = unknown = Java Virtual Machine Specification
user.dir = /home/js159705
java.runtime.version = 1.6.0-rc-b100
java.awt.graphicsenv = sun.awt.X11GraphicsEnvironment
java.endorsed.dirs = /usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/endorsed
os.arch = sparc = /var/tmp/
line.separator =

java.vm.specification.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc. = SunOS
sun.jnu.encoding = ISO646-US
java.library.path = /usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/sparc/client:/usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/sparc:
/usr/jdk/packages/lib/sparc:/lib:/usr/lib = Java Platform API Specification
java.class.version = 50.0 = HotSpot Client Compiler
os.version = 5.10
user.home = /home/js159705
user.timezone = US/Pacific
java.awt.printerjob = sun.print.PSPrinterJob
file.encoding = ISO646-US
java.specification.version = 1.6
java.class.path = /usr/jdk/jdk1.6.0/demo/jfc/Java2D/Java2Demo.jar = js159705
java.vm.specification.version = 1.0
java.home = /usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.6.0/jre = 32
user.language = en
java.specification.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc. = mixed mode, sharing
java.version = 1.6.0-rc
java.ext.dirs = /usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/ext:/usr/jdk/packages/lib/ext
sun.boot.class.path = /usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/resources.jar:
java.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc.
file.separator = /
java.vendor.url.bug = = UnicodeBig
sun.cpu.endian = big
sun.cpu.isalist =

VM Flags:

The following topic describes troubleshooting technique with jinfo utility.

2.13.1 Troubleshooting with jinfo Utility

If you start the target JVM with the -classpath and -Xbootclasspath arguments, the output from jinfo provides the settings for java.class.path and sun.boot.class.path. This information might be needed when investigating class loader issues.

In addition to obtaining information from a process, the jinfo tool can use a core file as input. On Oracle Solaris operating system, for example, the gcore utility can be used to get a core file of the process in the preceding example. The core file will be named core.29620 and will be generated in the working directory of the process. The path to the Java executable and the core file must be specified as arguments to the jinfo utility, as shown in Example 2-21.

Sometimes the binary name will not be java. This occurs when the VM is created using the JNI invocation API. The jinfo tool requires the binary from which the core file was generated.

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