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From Rainer Jung <>
Subject Re: ThreadLocals, context listeners and classloader leaks
Date Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:35:59 GMT
On 26.01.2012 18:00, Jess Holle wrote:
> On 1/26/2012 10:38 AM, Mark Thomas wrote:
>> OK. ThreadLocals have no place in a web application. Period. If a
>> programmer insists on using them, then it is their responsibility to
>> clean up the mess they leave behind.
>> Tomcat's memory leak detection and prevention code goes some way to
>> clearing up things like this but it is never going to cover every case.
>> Mark
> Or put another way, you have a choice:
> 1. Use ThreadLocals the way you'd have assumed you could, but don't
> expect to ever restart your web app without leaking tons of memory.
> 2. Use ThreadLocals, but be sure you religiously clean up after
> yourself by the time your web app is fully shut down.
> 3. Don't use ThreadLocals.
> If you use someone else's library that uses ThreadLocals then you'll
> probably end up in forced into A.
> That said, there could and arguably should be another choice:
> 4. Select a special mode in a servlet engine that shuts down all
> threads that have ever serviced requests for a given web app when it
> is shutdown (and code your web app to shutdown any threads it
> creates, obviously!), e.g. after they complete servicing any request
> in progress. [It could just replace all request threads with new
> ones after the requests currently in progress complete.]
> That's assuming the servlet engine is nice enough to provide such a
> mode. If it did, however, I believe that would resolve any ThreadLocal
> issues without one having to avoid using a perfect natural and useful
> Java language feature. I'd argue all servlet engines should really
> provide this feature for just this reason. That said, I can live with A.

Renewing threads is what was implemented some time ago in Tomcat's 
ThreadLocal leak prevention:



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