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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (LUCENE-1383) Work around ThreadLocal's "leak"
Date Thu, 11 Sep 2008 23:19:44 GMT


Michael McCandless updated LUCENE-1383:

    Summary: Work around ThreadLocal's "leak"  (was: Workaround ThreadLocal's "leak")

> Work around ThreadLocal's "leak"
> --------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-1383
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Index
>    Affects Versions: 1.9, 2.0.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.2
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: 2.4
>         Attachments: LUCENE-1383.patch
> Java's ThreadLocal is dangerous to use because it is able to take a
> surprisingly very long time to release references to the values you
> store in it.  Even when a ThreadLocal instance itself is GC'd, hard
> references to the values you had stored in it are easily kept for
> quite some time later.
> While this is not technically a "memory leak", because eventually
> (when the underlying Map that stores the values cleans up its "stale"
> references) the hard reference will be cleared, and GC can proceed,
> its end behavior is not different from a memory leak in that under the
> right situation you can easily tie up far more memory than you'd
> expect, and then hit unexpected OOM error despite allocating an
> extremely large heap to your JVM.
> Lucene users have hit this many times.  Here's the most recent thread:
> And here's another:
> And then there's LUCENE-436 and LUCENE-529 at least.
> A google search for "ThreadLocal leak" yields many compelling hits.
> Sun does this for performance reasons, but I think it's a terrible
> trap and we should work around it with Lucene.

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