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From "Manuel Dominguez Sarmiento (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (DAEMON-333) Stop abusing System.gc() on Commons Daemon jsvc shutdown
Date Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:12:38 GMT
Manuel Dominguez Sarmiento created DAEMON-333:
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             Summary: Stop abusing System.gc() on Commons Daemon jsvc shutdown
                 Key: DAEMON-333
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DAEMON-333
             Project: Commons Daemon
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Jsvc
    Affects Versions: 1.0.15
            Reporter: Manuel Dominguez Sarmiento


The shutdown sequence invokes System.gc() several times. I'm not sure why this would be necessary,
especially considering that System.gc() is only a hint and the JVM will not necessarily do
anything when this method is invoked. Especially if -XX:+DisableExplicitGC is used, which
is fairly common practice in production environments.

In our case, we use rather huge heaps (over 100 GB) so shutdown can take forever, depending
on how much uncollected garbage there is in the JVM heap. We've always used -XX:+DisableExplicitGC
so this was never apparent, however we decided to stop using -XX:+DisableExplicitGC after
careful code review showed none of our apps or supporting libraries are using System.gc()
and sometimes we want to trigger GC manually from monitoring tools (Jconsole, VisualVM, etc.)
- but we found the hard way that Commons Daemon / jsvc is using System.gc() on shutdown, preventing
the speedy shutdown we were used to.



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