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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 48837] New: Memory leaks protection does not cure leaks triggered by JSP pages code
Date Mon, 01 Mar 2010 18:51:12 GMT

           Summary: Memory leaks protection does not cure leaks triggered
                    by JSP pages code
           Product: Tomcat 7
           Version: trunk
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: Catalina

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The memory leaks protection feature of TC6/TC7 is able to heal certain types of
memory leaks caused by servlet code (where classes are loaded by
WebappClassLoader), but does not provide a cure for ones caused by JSP code
(where classes are loaded by JasperLoader).

I think that is of little concern, as the code that triggers a memory leak is
unlikely to be present on a JSP page or a tag file, but at least it provides us
with an example to test the "Find leaks" diagnostics in the Manager webapp.

To reproduce:
1. Place the attached foo.jsp into the examples webapp
2. Open http://localhost:8080/examples/foo.jsp
3. Open the Manager web application
4. Reload or stop/start the examples application
5. Press the "Find leaks" button in the Manager
6. The message will be displayed that "/examples" app triggered a memory leak.

The leak is caused by foo.jsp creating a ThreadLocal holding an instance of
some inner class of that JSP. (That inner class was loaded through
JasperLoader, and thus was not detected when enumerating ThreadLocals in leaks
protection code.)

7. Another ThreadLocal (holding a reference to some servlet) is successfully
cleared by memory leak protection code when the examples application is
stopped. You can see a message about that in the Tomcat logs.

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