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From "Douglas Britsch (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (JCR-2768) Finalize method on SessionImpl
Date Tue, 05 Oct 2010 22:58:33 GMT
Finalize method on SessionImpl

                 Key: JCR-2768
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-2768
             Project: Jackrabbit Content Repository
          Issue Type: Improvement
            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

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

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