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From "Henri Biestro (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (JEXL-244) Webapp classloader memory leaks
Date Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:58:00 GMT

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Henri Biestro updated JEXL-244:
-------------------------------
    Assignee: Henri Biestro

> Webapp classloader memory leaks
> -------------------------------
>
>                 Key: JEXL-244
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JEXL-244
>             Project: Commons JEXL
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 3.1
>         Environment: Inside J2EE container when Jexl library is included in the deployed
.war file
>            Reporter: Dmitri Blinov
>            Assignee: Henri Biestro
>
> I have spotted that the following constructions, like for example in JexlEngine.java
> {code}
>     public static final Object TRY_FAILED = new Object() {
>         @Override
>         public String toString() {
>             return "tryExecute failed";
>         }
>     };
> {code}
> are not garbage collected when web-app is reloaded and its classloader is released. This
is because circular references are created when static class members are initialized with
non-static inner/anonymous classes, which are holding implicit references to its enclosing
class and thus to its static class type. There are other such examples in JexlEngine.java
like
> {code}
>     protected static final java.lang.ThreadLocal<JexlContext.ThreadLocal> CONTEXT
=             new java.lang.ThreadLocal<JexlContext.ThreadLocal>() {..
>     protected static final java.lang.ThreadLocal<JexlEngine> ENGINE =
>             new java.lang.ThreadLocal<JexlEngine>() {...
> {code}
> The issue is easily resolved if for example the following pattern is followed
> {code}
>     public static class FailObject extends Object {
>         @Override
>         public String toString() {
>             return "tryExecute failed";
>         }
>     }
>     public static final Object TRY_FAILED = new FailObject();
> {code}



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