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From "Grzegorz Borkowski (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (DBCP-332) Closing BasicDataSource doesn't deregister JDBC driver, causing memory leak
Date Sat, 24 Apr 2010 17:41:50 GMT
Closing BasicDataSource doesn't deregister JDBC driver, causing memory leak

                 Key: DBCP-332
             Project: Commons Dbcp
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 1.4
            Reporter: Grzegorz Borkowski

BasicDataSource's method close() doesn't deregister JDBC driver. This causes permgen memory
leaks in web server environments, during context reloads. For example, using Tomcat 6.0.26
with Spring, and BasicDataSource declared in Spring context, there is a message printed at
web application reload:

SEVERE: A web application registered the JBDC driver [com.mysql.jdbc.Driver] but failed to
unregister it when the web application was stopped. To prevent a memory leak, the JDBC Driver
has been forcibly unregistered.

I was able to fix it by overriding close method this way:
public class XBasicDataSource extends BasicDataSource {
    public synchronized void close() throws SQLException {
but I think it should be probably the default behavior of BasicDataSource. Or perhaps there
should be some flag/setting on BasicDataSource, named "deregisterDriverAtClose" or so.

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