Sunday, February 25, 2018

Java 9: Enhancements to the Process API

Java 9 brings various improvements to the Process API, used for controlling and managing operating system processes.

Getting information about a process

There is a new ProcessHandle class which provides the process's pid, parent and descendants, as well as information about the start time and accumulated CPU time.

jshell> Process p = new ProcessBuilder("stress", "--cpu", "4", "--timeout", "5").start();
p ==> Process[pid=5572, exitValue="not exited"]

$2 ==> 5572

$3 ==> Optional[fahd]

$4 ==> Optional[/usr/bin/stress]

$5 ==> Optional[/usr/bin/stress --cpu 4 --timeout 120]

jshell> Arrays.toString(
$6 ==> "[--cpu, 4, --timeout, 120]"

$7 ==> Optional[2018-02-25T16:38:56.742Z]

$8 ==> 0

It's strange that totalCpuDuration always returns 0 (a duration string of "PT0S"), no matter what command I run.

Note that I am invoking the Linux stress command in the example above. This is a useful tool for imposing a certain type of stress (e.g. creating cpu load) on your system.

Listing all running processes

The static ProcessHandle.allProcesses() method returns a stream of all processes visible to the current process.


Triggering a function when a process exits

The Process.onExit method can be used to schedule a function when a process terminates. This method returns a CompletableFuture, which contains a variety of methods that can be called to schedule functions. Here is an example:

Process proc = new ProcessBuilder("sleep", "10").start();
    .thenAccept(p -> System.out.println("Process " + + " exited with " + p.exitValue()));

Alternatively, to wait for a process to terminate, you can call Process.onExit().get().

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