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Set the process title for java app in Linux

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So I start up a java application in Linux, and get something like this from `pstree`:


Which is all fine until I start up a bunch of apps...


Now I want to know if a certain app is running, or maybe kill a misbehaving one...not so clear which is which.  Yeah, I could use `ps aux | grep ...` and I might be able to narrow down a process which belongs to that app and go from there.  However even that is a mess with a ton of lines like:

javauser 25635  0.1  2.5 1802196 52688 pts/2   Sl   11:16   0:03 java -server -Xms16m -Xmx16m -Djava.endorsed.dirs=/blah -Dnet.jxta.tls.principal=blah -cp [insert MASSIVE classpath here] /blah/blah.jar Param Param Param

I know in C it's an easy call to setproctitle(...); to set the process name that is displayed.  In fact some apps, like Sendmail, use this to provide a quick status display & activity for each child process -- very handy.  I realize that not all OSes have such functionality available, and those that do have different ways of accomplishing it, so this could be more difficult to do in a cross-platform way.

What would be nice is a simple API call to the JVM that would set it if the underlying OS has support, but I cannot find anything of the sort.  So the question is, how can I set the process title for my java app (at least on Linux, if not some other OSes)?
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