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From "Dustin Amrhein (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AXIS2-3011) ServiceDescription caching leads to memory leak
Date Thu, 26 Jul 2007 17:04:03 GMT


Dustin Amrhein commented on AXIS2-3011:

Suppose there are multiple J2EE modules deployed on an app server that contain numerous web
service clients. If some of the clients in different modules refer to the same qualified service
name, but they are actually different service implementations in separate modules, then sharing
a ConfigurationContext may be undesirable. I am not sure what caching based on the context
class loader would buy us in this situation. What am I missing?

> ServiceDescription caching leads to memory leak
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: AXIS2-3011
>                 URL:
>             Project: Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: jaxws
>            Reporter: Jarek Gawor
>            Assignee: Ann Robinson
>         Attachments: AXIS2-3011.patch
> The DescriptionFactoryImpl.createServiceDescription() function attempts to cache/reuse
the ServiceDescription objects and that leads to memory leaks.
> First, a Hashtable is used for the cache. That means, any ServiceDescription created
will always live in the cache and won't ever be reclaimed (and there is no clear cache function).
Some sort of WeakHashMap could help the problem so that at least some unused ServiceDescription
objects could be reclaimed. 
> Second, the createServiceDescription() uses the DescriptionFactory.createClientConfigurationFactory().getClientConfigurationContext()
to get the client configuration context. It looks like by default the ClientConfigurationFactory.getClientConfigurationContext()
does NOT cache the configuration context. Therefore, each call creates a new configuration
object. That means, that by default ServiceDescription will NOT be reused since the configuration
context object instance is used to determine if the ServiceDescription should be reused or
not (see DescriptionKey.equals() function). 
> So, a simple program that calls createServiceDescription() repeatably in a loop (with
the same arguments) will quickly run out of memory. 

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