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From "Howard W. Smith, Jr." <>
Subject Re: Re : Memory leak in Tomcat 6.0.35 ( 64 bit)
Date Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:15:00 GMT

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM, Christopher Schultz <> wrote:

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> > I understand its not a premanent solution but as a stopgap for now
> > ? If so , we can put it as part of daily cycle to bounce tomcat6.
> If you don't re-deploy your webapp, then daily rolling Tomcat restarts
> are not necessary. I wonder why you are re-deploying your web
> application so many times?
As a new tomcat user and still somewhat junior java/jsf developer, I
restart tomcat whenever I have new software changes to
deploy-and-want-to-run-on the production server. sometimes, I
deploy-and-restart multiple times per day, but sometimes, I'm able to let
tomcat/tomee run for days without restart.

> We run several Tomcats in parallel with modest heaps (less than 512MiB
> each) and they can run for months before we stop them for upgrades. It
> *is* possible to run JVMs without running out of memory...

I too, have not experienced any OOME, and recently, per what I have
seen-and-read of other (more senior java developers than myself), I have
decreased memory settings in my java options on tomcat7w.exe (see below).


On Java tab of tomcat7w.exe, have the following specified:

Initial memory pool = 256
Maximum memory pool =
Thread stack size   =

My Windows 2008 R2 Server (64bit 32GB RAM) never seems to get higher than
1% CPU, and I think I do have memory leaks somewhere in the app, but FWIW
(in heap dump in java visual vm), the memory leaks seem to be tomee leaks.
In Java Visual VM, I do see the memory grow over time, as the app is used
(without a tomcat restart or re-deploy of app and then restart tomcat), but
I still have not seen OOME...'yet'.

I should leave the server up and running without restarting tomcat, but
when I need to deploy new software changes, i can't wait to deploy. :)

My apologies, not trying to hijack the thread. just sharing my response to
your comments.


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