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From "Douglas Britsch (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (JCR-2768) Finalize method on SessionImpl
Date Tue, 05 Oct 2010 22:58:35 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-2768?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

Douglas Britsch updated JCR-2768:

          Component/s: jackrabbit-core
    Affects Version/s: 2.1.0

> Finalize method on SessionImpl
> ------------------------------
>                 Key: JCR-2768
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-2768
>             Project: Jackrabbit Content Repository
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: jackrabbit-core
>    Affects Versions: 2.1.0
>            Reporter: Douglas Britsch
> Doing some profiling on our application which uses Jackrabbit-2.1.0 I noticed that there
were an awful lot of java.lang.ref.Finalizer objects hanging around. Digging around I found
the culprit was a finalize method on SessionImpl. While I can see what it is trying to do
(close the session if you have not called logout) , I have found in the past that on application
servers, finalize should be avoided for objects that are created and deleted frequently, as
the GC behavior and object allocation is severely impacted, and because of the number of references
held by the session this seems like it could keep a lot more in memory than needed a lot longer.
(for more info see http://www.fasterj.com/articles/finalizer1.shtml ).
> Per Jukka's suggestion on the mailing list "
> The automatic closing of a discarded session and related the warning
> message are pretty useful in practice, as there are quite a few
> session leaks in many client applications. So I'd rather keep that
> functionality.
> If the finalizer causes problems, we could investigate using weak (or
> perhaps phantom) references and a reference queue for this purpose.
> The RepositoryImpl class already keeps weak references to all sessions
> in the activeSessions map, so this shouldn't even be too difficult to
> implement."

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