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From Rainer Jung <>
Subject Re: Java VM slowly eats all memory up - without JVM heap OutOfMemory failures!
Date Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:47:06 GMT
Stephanie Wullbieter schrieb:
> Dear list members,
> a tomcat machine has a problem because java eats the memory up. Here some data:
> 1.555.828 KiB host RAM
> java version "1.4.2_06"
> Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.4.2_06-b03)
> Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.4.2_06-b03, mixed mode)
> Tomcat Version 4.1.31
> java ist started with the command /home/tomcatp/prod/java2/bin/java -Dtomcat.worker=2
-server -Djava.library.path=/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc -Xmx768m -verbose:gc -Dcom.sun.jndi.ldap.connect.pool.timeout=60000
-Dcom.sun.jndi.ldap.connect.pool.maxsize=5000 -Djava.awt.headless=true -Djava.endorsed.dirs=/home/tomcatp/prod/tomcat4/common/endorsed
-classpath /home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/dfc.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/bsf.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/log4j.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/xalan.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/xml-apis.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/workflow.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/subscription.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/xforms.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/All-MB.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/ci.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/bpmutil.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/mail.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/dfc/activation.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/dctm5/config:/home/tomcatp/prod/java2/lib/tools.jar:/home/tomcatp/prod/tomcat4/bin/bootstr
>  jar -Dcatalina.base=/home/tomcatp/prod/tomcat4 -Dcatalina.home=/home/tomcatp/prod/tomcat4 org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap start
> After e.g. 14 days running (200 application users), the java applications on the tomcat
get instable, i think due to memory problems because the memory of the host gets eaten slowly
but constantly up. In the end it looks like this:
> free -k
>              total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
> Mem:       1555828    1522108      33720          0      71984      78676
> -/+ buffers/cache:    1371448     184380
> Swap:       265064     265064          0
> So the host seems to be under memory pressure and it's a question of time that it comes
to instability.
> ps aux
> tomcatp  19814  0.7 85.5 1860356 1330700 ?     Sl   Apr08 152:48 /home/tomcatp/prod/java2/bin/java
> The Java VM has no OutOfMemory failures, the JVM usage is about 600 MiB, and does not
go over 700 MiB (768 MiB JVM Heap).
> So it looks like Java VM is using about 700 MiB for itself. Is that normal?
> Yesterday the tomcat got problems with one application. So I switched to a fallback server
and did not restart the tomcat but only reloaded the little application that did not work
properly anymore. So there were no users anymore on that tomcat. And now, after 12h, the memory
usage of java is still the same, it has not decreased. So what's up there? Why is there no
memory freed if the applications are not used anymore? When the tomcat is started, java only
uses 300 MiB overall, then it increases constantly.
> It would be fine, if someone could help me or give me a tip how to analyze the tomcat
to get more info what could be the problem.
> Could it be a solution to decrease the JVM heap?

Just a shot in the dark (since you are using somewhat old versions of 
everything): there was a bug in that lead to 
a leak in native memory. This problem hit a lot of code using 
File.deleteOnExit(), e.g. commons-fileupload and others.




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