Instana JVM Startup Agent
The Instana agent architecture is modular. When the Instana agent runs, it will perform a runtime attach to any JVM and load the required classes lazily.
Compatibility tests however have shown that certain versions of J9 do not
support all required features when no
-javaagent was present on the JVM start
command line. J9 will log a message like this:
*** java.lang.instrument ASSERTION FAILED ***: "jvmtierror == JVMTI_ERROR_NOT_AVAILABLE" at JPLISAgent.c line: 1009
Additionally tests have shown that the first runtime attach can cause a short pause when the JVM starts the necessary services for the agent.
For those reasons we recommend to start the JVM with this javaagent like this:
java -javaagent:instana-javaagent-1.0.0.jar -jar app.jar server
The latest version of that jar can be found in MavenCentral -> Instana.
Should the J9 that is used be a Java 8 updated with recent fixpacks, this is no longer necessary, but an command line switch can be used instead. Since as of "Java 8 - Service refresh 3 fix pack 22 (Dec 2016)" an option exists which basically performs the same:
Use the -XX:+EnableHCR option to enable late attached agents to redefine or retransform classes. This option might incur a performance penalty. This option is temporary and deprecated and will be removed in a future update when no longer necessary.