Class ExtensionFinder

  extended by hudson.ExtensionFinder
All Implemented Interfaces:
Direct Known Subclasses:
CLIRegisterer, ExtensionFinder.Sezpoz

public abstract class ExtensionFinder
extends Object
implements ExtensionPoint

Discovers the implementations of an extension point.

This extension point allows you to write your implementations of ExtensionPoints in arbitrary DI containers, and have Hudson discover them.

ExtensionFinder itself is an extension point, but to avoid infinite recursion, Hudson discovers ExtensionFinders through ExtensionFinder.Sezpoz and that alone.

Kohsuke Kawaguchi

Nested Class Summary
static class ExtensionFinder.Sezpoz
          The default implementation that looks for the Extension marker.
Nested classes/interfaces inherited from interface hudson.ExtensionPoint
Constructor Summary
Method Summary
<T> Collection<ExtensionComponent<T>>
_find(Class<T> type, Hudson hudson)
          A pointless function to work around what appears to be a HotSpot problem.
<T> Collection<ExtensionComponent<T>>
find(Class<T> type, Hudson hudson)
          Discover extensions of the given type.
<T> Collection<T>
findExtensions(Class<T> type, Hudson hudson)
          Deprecated. as of 1.356 Use and implement find(Class, Hudson) that allows us to put some metadata.
 void scout(Class extensionType, Hudson hudson)
          Performs class initializations without creating instances.
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
equals, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public ExtensionFinder()
Method Detail


public <T> Collection<T> findExtensions(Class<T> type,
                                                   Hudson hudson)
Deprecated. as of 1.356 Use and implement find(Class, Hudson) that allows us to put some metadata.


public abstract <T> Collection<ExtensionComponent<T>> find(Class<T> type,
                                                           Hudson hudson)
Discover extensions of the given type.

This method is called only once per the given type after all the plugins are loaded, so implementations need not worry about caching.

Type Parameters:
T - The type of the extension points. This is not bound to ExtensionPoint because of Descriptor, which by itself doesn't implement ExtensionPoint for a historical reason.
hudson - Hudson whose behalf this extension finder is performing lookup.
Can be empty but never null.
1.356 Older implementations provide findExtensions(Class, Hudson)


public <T> Collection<ExtensionComponent<T>> _find(Class<T> type,
                                                   Hudson hudson)
A pointless function to work around what appears to be a HotSpot problem. See HUDSON-5756 and bug 6933067 on BugParade for more details.


public void scout(Class extensionType,
                  Hudson hudson)
Performs class initializations without creating instances. If two threads try to initialize classes in the opposite order, a dead lock will ensue, and we can get into a similar situation with ExtensionFinders.

That is, one thread can try to list extensions, which results in ExtensionFinder loading and initializing classes. This happens inside a context of a lock, so that another thread that tries to list the same extensions don't end up creating different extension instances. So this activity locks extension list first, then class initialization next.

In the mean time, another thread can load and initialize a class, and that initialization can eventually results in listing up extensions, for example through static initializer. Such activity locks class initialization first, then locks extension list.

This inconsistent locking order results in a dead lock, you see.

So to reduce the likelihood, this method is called in prior to find(Class, Hudson) invocation, but from outside the lock. The implementation is expected to perform all the class initialization activities from here.

See for how to force a class initialization. Also see for how class initialization can results in a dead lock.

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