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From "Grant Glouser (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-3737) CompressedWritable throws OutOfMemoryError
Date Thu, 10 Jul 2008 01:25:31 GMT
CompressedWritable throws OutOfMemoryError

                 Key: HADOOP-3737
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3737
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: io
    Affects Versions: 0.17.0
            Reporter: Grant Glouser

We were seeing OutOfMemoryErrors with stack traces like the following (Hadoop 0.17.0):

        at java.util.zip.Deflater.init(Native Method)
        at java.util.zip.Deflater.<init>(Deflater.java:123)
        at java.util.zip.Deflater.<init>(Deflater.java:132)
        at org.apache.hadoop.io.CompressedWritable.write(CompressedWritable.java:71)
        at org.apache.hadoop.io.serializer.WritableSerialization$WritableSerializer.serialize(WritableSerialization.java:90)
        at org.apache.hadoop.io.serializer.WritableSerialization$WritableSerializer.serialize(WritableSerialization.java:77)
        at org.apache.hadoop.io.SequenceFile$Writer.append(SequenceFile.java:1016)

A Google search found the following long-standing issue in Java in which use of java.util.zip.Deflater
causes an OutOfMemoryError:


CompressedWritable instantiates a Deflater, but does not call {{deflater.end()}}.  It should
do that in order to release the Deflater's resources immediately, instead of waiting for the
object to be finalized.

We applied this change locally and saw much improvement in the stability of memory usage of
our app.

This may also affect the SequenceFile compression types, because org.apache.hadoop.io.compress.zlib.BuiltInZlib{Deflater,Inflater}
extend java.util.zip.{Deflater,Inflater}.  org.apache.hadoop.io.compress.Compressor defines
an end() method, but I do not see that this method is ever called.

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