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From "Trustin Lee" <>
Subject Re: Warning: serious VM leak/bug with BlockingQueue & polling timeouts
Date Wed, 22 Nov 2006 01:11:50 GMT
On 11/22/06, Holger Hoffstaette <> wrote:
> Here's a heads up for those of you who have the source handy to check.
> Both JDK 1.5 and 1.6 have serious confirmed bugs that leak unreclaimable
> memory and will bring *idle* servers down, e.g. during the night or over
> the weekend when load is low or nonexistent. For more information see
> and related.
> In a nutshell BlockingQueue.poll(duration, TimeUnit) will leak *when that
> wait times out*; it will not leak when something is returned from the
> queue, as is the case with uninterrupted non-timed polling.
> The bug is confirmed and serious because it triggers extremely nasty GC
> panic that has the potential to bring the whole machine down due to
> excessive CPU spinning and unresponsiveness of the VM to external signals.
> I think it would be good if someone with the source would do a quick "find
> all references to method" to see if and how Mina is affected by this. I
> would not be surprised if this is the reason behind some reported leaks -
> polling with timeout is extremely useful for service scheduling in various
> forms and generally preferrable to complete blocking.

Wow, this is shocking.  Even Doug Lea and his co-workers make a mistake! :)
I think the reason why this bug is found so late is because most people
doesn't specify the polling timeout like we didn't for MINA.

what we call human nature is actually human habit
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