Drip is a launcher for the Java Virtual Machine that provides much faster
startup times than the
java command. The
drip script is intended to be a
drop-in replacement for the
java command, only faster.
Drip is a single bash script and a small amount of Java code. It is intended to work with any JVM-based language and anywhere bash is available.
How does it work?
Unlike other tools intended to solve the JVM startup problem (e.g. Nailgun,
cake, jark), Drip does not use a persistent JVM. There are many pitfalls to
using a persistent JVM, which we discovered while working on the cake build tool
for Clojure. The main problem is that the state of the persistent JVM gets dirty
over time, producing strange errors and requiring liberal use of
whenever any error is encountered, just in case dirty state is the cause.
Instead of going down this perilous road again, Drip uses a different strategy. It keeps a fresh JVM spun up in reserve with the correct classpath and other JVM options so you can quickly connect and use it when needed.
The following instructions assume that
~/bin is on your
$PATH. If that is
not the case, you can substitute your favorite location.
Standalone — We recommend this to get started quickly.
curl -L http://drip.flatland.org > ~/bin/drip chmod 755 ~/bin/drip
Checkout — If you want to hack on Drip or follow the latest development, this is the way to go.
git clone https://github.com/flatland/drip.git cd drip && make PREFIX=~/bin install
You can call
drip with the same arguments as
java. Try it. The first time
drip with new arguments, it will take as long as a plain
because it has to spin up a JVM from scratch, but after that it will be fast.
For example, to start a Clojure repl with drip:
drip -cp clojure.jar clojure.main
The Drip JVM will eventually shut itself down if you never connect to it. The
time limit defaults to four hours, but you can change this by setting the
DRIP_SHUTDOWN environment variable before calling
drip to set a timeout, in
DRIP_TIMEOUT=30 drip -cp clojure.jar clojure.main
This creates a Clojure repl as usual, either by starting up a new one or connecting to a waiting JVM. But the JVM that is spun up to serve future requests with the same classpath will have a 30-minute timeout to deactivation.
JVM Language Integration
For more information about how to integrate Drip with your favorite JVM language, check out the JVM Language Integration page on the wiki.