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From "Richard Evans" <>
Subject Thread worries
Date Tue, 12 Sep 2000 09:32:17 GMT
I'm worried about multithreading issues in tomcat on loaded sites.  We've
seen a problem in WebSphere 2 and I'm concerned the same issue may exist in

What happens is you get error 500s when a servlet is called a lot of times;
looking at backtraces shows that exceptions are being thrown when formatting
dates (for response headers presumably).  This is because SimpleDateFormat
is _NOT_ thread safe (see bug 4228335 on the javasoft bug parade); here's
part of a backtrace:

 at java.text.SimpleDateFormat.format(Compiled Code)
 at java.text.DateFormat.format(Compiled Code)
 at sun.servlet.http.HttpDate.toString(Compiled Code)
 at sun.servlet.http.MimeHeaderField.getValue(Compiled Code)
 at sun.servlet.http.MimeHeaders.getHeader(Compiled Code)

Now Tomcat has MimeHeaders and MimeHeaderField classes, perhaps derived from

Is it possible that tomcat could suffer from the same problems on a loaded
site, or was this problem known about and a fix put in?


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