src/share/classes/java/lang/Runtime.java

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@@ -747,14 +747,25 @@
      *               <code>false</code> to disable this feature.
      */
     public native void traceMethodCalls(boolean on);
 
     /**
-     * Loads the specified filename as a dynamic library. The filename
-     * argument must be a complete path name,
+     * Loads the native library specified by the filename argument.  The filename
+     * argument must be an absolute path name.
      * (for example
      * <code>Runtime.getRuntime().load("/home/avh/lib/libX11.so");</code>).
+     *
+     * If the filename argument, when stripped of any platform-specific library
+     * prefix, path, and file extension, indicates a library whose name is L,
+     * and a native library called L is statically linked with the VM, then the
+     * JNI_OnLoad_L function exported by the library is invoked rather than
+     * attempting to load a dynamic library.  A filename matching the argument
+     * does not have to exist in the file system.   See the JNI Specification
+     * for more details.
+     *
+     * Otherwise, the filename argument is mapped to a native library image in
+     * an implementation-dependent manner.
      * <p>
      * First, if there is a security manager, its <code>checkLink</code>
      * method is called with the <code>filename</code> as its argument.
      * This may result in a security exception.
      * <p>

@@ -767,11 +778,14 @@
      *
      * @param      filename   the file to load.
      * @exception  SecurityException  if a security manager exists and its
      *             <code>checkLink</code> method doesn't allow
      *             loading of the specified dynamic library
-     * @exception  UnsatisfiedLinkError  if the file does not exist.
+     * @exception  UnsatisfiedLinkError  if either the filename is not an 
+     *             absolute path name, the native library is not statically 
+     *             linked with the VM, or the library cannot be mapped to 
+     *             a native library image by the host system.
      * @exception  NullPointerException if <code>filename</code> is
      *             <code>null</code>
      * @see        java.lang.Runtime#getRuntime()
      * @see        java.lang.SecurityException
      * @see        java.lang.SecurityManager#checkLink(java.lang.String)

@@ -791,16 +805,20 @@
         }
         ClassLoader.loadLibrary(fromClass, filename, true);
     }
 
     /**
-     * Loads the dynamic library with the specified library name.
-     * A file containing native code is loaded from the local file system
-     * from a place where library files are conventionally obtained. The
-     * details of this process are implementation-dependent. The
-     * mapping from a library name to a specific filename is done in a
-     * system-specific manner.
+     * Loads the native library specified by the <code>libname</code>
+     * argument.  The <code>libname</code> argument must not contain any platform
+     * specific prefix, file extension or path. If a native library
+     * called <code>libname</code> is statically linked with the VM, then the
+     * JNI_OnLoad_<code>libname</code> function exported by the library is invoked.
+     * See the JNI Specification for more details.
+     *
+     * Otherwise, the libname argument is loaded from a system library
+     * location and mapped to a native library image in an implementation-
+     * dependent manner.
      * <p>
      * First, if there is a security manager, its <code>checkLink</code>
      * method is called with the <code>libname</code> as its argument.
      * This may result in a security exception.
      * <p>

@@ -821,11 +839,14 @@
      *
      * @param      libname   the name of the library.
      * @exception  SecurityException  if a security manager exists and its
      *             <code>checkLink</code> method doesn't allow
      *             loading of the specified dynamic library
-     * @exception  UnsatisfiedLinkError  if the library does not exist.
+     * @exception  UnsatisfiedLinkError if either the libname argument 
+     *             contains a file path, the native library is not statically 
+     *             linked with the VM,  or the library cannot be mapped to a 
+     *             native library image by the host system.
      * @exception  NullPointerException if <code>libname</code> is
      *             <code>null</code>
      * @see        java.lang.SecurityException
      * @see        java.lang.SecurityManager#checkLink(java.lang.String)
      */