2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 14, 2013 4:31 AM by Wolf-Dieter Fink

    Using jps and jstat with jboss

    Willem Noorduin Newbie

      We are trying to set up some basic monitoring with jps and jstat and we are running into a problem. For usage of these tools there is a hsperfdata_${user} directory created by the jvm, by default in /tmp. Only in our case, it is not created. Hence we cannot use jps, jstat or the other jvm tools. Some information:


      root@nlptc27b09:/tmp# cat /etc/redhat-release

      Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.3 (Santiago)


      root@nlptc27b09:/tmp# uname -a

      Linux nlptc27b09 2.6.32-279.11.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Sat Sep 22 07:10:26 EDT 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

      root@nlptc27b09:/tmp# /distr/jdk/bin/java -version

      java version "1.6.0_27"

      Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_27-b07)

      Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 20.2-b06, mixed mode)


      root@nlptc27b09:/tmp# ls -ls /tmp

      total 16

      0 drwxr-xr-x. 2 root     root       40 Jan 14 07:21 hsperfdata_root

      12 -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root     root     8630 Dec 13 15:30 iptables

      4 -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root     root      324 Dec 13 12:53 iptables-ctl.sh

      0 drwxr-xr-x. 2 wnoordui users      40 Dec 12 10:20 iptables.d

      0 drwx------. 2 root     root       40 Dec 18 11:46 mc-root

      0 drwx------. 2 wnoordui wnoordui   40 Dec  3 09:44 mc-wnoordui

      0 drwx------. 2 root     root       40 Nov 14 10:53 vmware-root


      root@nlptc27b09:/tmp# ls -ld /tmp

      drwxrwxrwt. 8 root root 200 Jan 14 07:18 /tmp


      We are running jboss under a non-root user (as it should) named jboss.  We have tried the next things, with different results:


      • Running jboss under root. => Then the directory hsperdata_root is used and we get results (but you don't want that).
      • Putting -XX:+UsePerfData -Djava.io.tmpdir=/tmp as Java options => has no results (there is no hsperdata_jboss, in our case, created).
      • Switching to the last stable release of SUN/Oracle SDK => has no results (there is no hsperdata_jboss, in our case, created).
      • Switching to OpenJDK on Redhat => Now we get a /tmp/hsperfdata_jboss (but we don't want to use OpenJDK for our production JBoss).
      • Switching to another OS (Debian 6.0.6) and the same SUN JDK => Is working fine.
      • Putting -XX:+UsePerfData -Djava.io.tmpdir=/home/jboss/tmp (where this last directory is writeable by user jboss)  as Java options => has no results (there is no hsperdata_jboss, in our case, created).


      I am communicating with Redhat on this, since the swritch from SUN to OpenJDK or/and Redhat to another Linux OS seemed to do the trick, but all I learned was that it might be a permission issue. But:


      root@nlptc27b09:/apps/jboss/test/configs# su - jboss

      jboss@nlptc27b09:~$ cd /tmp

      jboss@nlptc27b09:/tmp$ mkdir i-am-a-directory

      jboss@nlptc27b09:/tmp$ touch i-am-a-directory/i-am-a-file

      jboss@nlptc27b09:/tmp$ ls -lR i-am-a-directory/


      total 0

      -rw-rw-r--. 1 jboss jboss 0 Jan 14 07:38 i-am-a-file


      on Redhat says otherwise. Also, you can google all you want on this problem, all I found was ways to turn the perfstats off, not on. Can someone tell me where I went wrong ?  Also, the residental Linux Gurus on our team seems to point that this is really a java issue.

        • 1. Re: Using jps and jstat with jboss
          Willem Noorduin Newbie

          As a round of "asnswering your own question" the hsperfdata_$user directory does appear when I start jboss with a 64-bit jdk (on a 64-bit platform). So I suspect I am missing some libraries that makes it possible to connect to 32-bits proceesses. We have make the 32-bits compatibility with:


          root # yum install -y glibc-devel.i686 libgcc.i686 libstdc++-devel.i686


          Obviously, this is enough to run jboss in a 32-bits jdk, but no enough to do stiuff like jps and jstat.

          • 2. Re: Using jps and jstat with jboss
            Wolf-Dieter Fink Master

            I'm using Fedora and RHEL as well.

            the default is a 64bit vm. If I use a 32 bit VM by setting JAVA_HOME everything works fine.


            The /tmp/hsperfdata directory is created as soon as the (JBoss) JVM starts.

            Maybe you are right and miss libraries or you have some strange settings.

            I suppose that the JVM might fail if it is not possible to write the files.


            Maybe 'lsof' give you a hint.