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From "Chris Lu" <>
Subject Re: memory leak during Lucene Search
Date Tue, 09 Sep 2008 18:53:28 GMT
Thanks for the link! I will post the problem there.
In the mean time, any J2EE application developers should know this problem
and try to avoid Lucene checked out on or after May 23,2008, svn version
I tried svn 659601, which worked fine.

I will follow up on this email list when the problem is fixed.

Chris Lu
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On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 11:23 AM, Grant Ingersoll <>wrote:

> Just chipping in that I recall there being a number of discussions on
> java-dev about ThreadLocal and web containers and how they should be
> handled.  Not sure if it pertains here or not, but you might find
> helpful.
> You might also consider asking on java-dev in this case, which usually
> isn't recommended, but this is pretty low-level stuff and seems more
> appropriate there.  It does seem like a problem though and I'm not sure of
> the alternative just yet.
> On Sep 7, 2008, at 1:35 AM, Chris Lu wrote:
>  Unless my understanding is wrong, there is a memory leak for Lucene search
>> from Lucene-1195.(svn r659602, May23,2008)
>> This patch brings in a ThreadLocal cache to TermInfosReader.
>> It's usually recommended to keep the reader open, and reuse it when
>> possible. In a common J2EE application, the http requests are usually
>> handled by different threads. But since the cache is ThreadLocal, the
>> cache
>> are not really usable by other threads. What's worse, the cache can not be
>> cleared by another thread!
>> This leak is not so obvious usually. But my case is using RAMDirectory,
>> having several hundred megabytes. So one un-released resource is obvious
>> to
>> me.
>> Here is the reference tree:
>>  |- directory of
>>     |- file of
>>         |- base of org.apache.lucene.index.CompoundFileReader$CSIndexInput
>>             |- input of org.apache.lucene.index.SegmentTermEnum
>>                 |- value of java.lang.ThreadLocal$ThreadLocalMap$Entry
>> After I switched back to svn revision 659601, right before this patch is
>> checked in, the memory leak is gone.
>> Although my case is RAMDirectory, I believe this will affect disk based
>> index also.
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